1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS
A long time ago (not in a galaxy far away) photography had a very recognizable and significant commitment to craft. One had to learn optics, chemistry, intricacies of calculating exposures and then recall your experiences to modify the manual settings when required. The learning process had to be repeated specifically for wet darkroom printing. Technology replaced the technical knowledge, skill and judgement of the photographer with electronics and software. I recently discovered cameras that will not only auto focus, they will automagically focus stack to insure your photograph is tack sharp front to back as well as perform the (now mundane) task of calculating the optimum exposure. The sharpness of the image is pretty much guaranteed because this camera has image stabilization in both the lens and camera body. Once you record this incredibly perfect collection of digital information (I almost hesitate to call it a photograph), process it with software and then print it out with nine inks, whatever you have created is absolutely technically perfect.
Most of this perfection is courtesy of the craft of mechatronics and software engineers. When you have the most advanced technology making your photographs technically perfect I ask myself, “Where has craft gone?”
More on this topic next week.