The Good Picture

Goodness and badness are illusory when we venture into the esoteric world of picture making. No parameters, no rulers, no waveforms; the subjective cannot be subjected to the conventions of measurement. Yet we often hear remarks such as, ‘Aren’t the pictures good …’Or bad, middling, nice, pretty. Who can measure prettiness? We can only measure what we can touch, take hold of, do things to. And now a huge shift has taken place; the centre of gravity has moved. Video has lifted picture making out of the exclusive preserve of the professional. Now, it is the consumer in the driving seat, with digital and wide screen, PC editing, and all the bells and whistles of the big screen. And there we have ...

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