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How Digital Photography Works, Second Edition by Ron White

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Chapter 8. How New Tech Changes Photography

How New Tech Changes Photography

Blessed be the inventor of photography! I set him above even the inventor of chloroform! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has “cast up” in my time or is like to—this art by which even the “poor” can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones.

Jane Welsh Carlyle, in a letter to her husband Thomas, 1859

For half a century, photography has been the “art form” of the untalented. Obviously some pictures are more satisfactory than others, but where is credit due? To the designer of the camera? To the finger on the button? To the law ...

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