The Cambridge Darkroom January Debate: Technology and the photographer

What part should technology play in helping the photographer create the perfect image?

Who's really taking the photo?

How much help is too much help in creating the perfect photo?

Is all technology considered equal?

Join us for our annual Cambridge Darkroom debate where we'd like to discuss what role technology plays in our photography.

Not a month seems to go by without some new advancement in camera, lens or software technology. But in this ever-advancing technology roller coaster, where does it leave the humble photographer? Should we embrace all that there is to offer, or resist the lure and aim for purity?

For example, are advancements in lens quality ok, but image stabilisation features not okay? Is a better quality sensor that captures less noise any different to reducing noise during post processing? Is software inside the camera somehow ok, yet Photoshop a taboo?

Let's see if we can kick off the new year with an enthusiastic debate on the technology we use in our photography.  We'll have some panellists with their own take on the subject, but audience participation is very much encouraged.


And from all of the Cambridge Darkroom team, we hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break and a very happy new year.




Lina, Tom, Dom & Marine

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  • Jackie M.

    I'm really sorry that I couldn't make it to the talk this week. I am in the process of setting up Salsa classes in Colchester and they are due to start this Sunday. If anyone is interested the web address is - the website is under construction but will be ready very soon. I hope to catch up with you all very soon. Keep up the good work! Jackie

    February 1, 2013

  • Omar Parada M.

    I enjoyed the meeting. Looking forward for the next one! :)

    February 1, 2013

  • Cherry H.

    Thanks to the organisers of yesterdays meeting. Further to the mention of films, "The Hobbit" and "Life of Pi" are excellent examples of what can be created with a camera. Bring on the Special Effects, I say.

    February 1, 2013

  • helena g a.

    I really enjoyed the debate too, thank you.

    “Every photograph is a fake from start to finish, a purely impersonal, unmanipulated photograph being practically impossible.”
    Edward Steichen [masked])­

    February 1, 2013

  • James B.

    Great to meet everyone and enjoy a good debate. Thanks to the hosts for facilitating the discussions :)

    January 31, 2013

  • Jose M. D.

    What a great discussion we had today! Just a couple of links to something that might be interesting. First, the Lincoln portrait that I mentioned during the meeting (from late 1860s!):­

    And, second, a whole gallery of photo hoaxes:­

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all next month!

    January 31, 2013

  • Stephen B.

    Technology has always played a part in capturing images. From the old fashioned flash guns to early pin hole camera's. Its a subjective question and the truth is found in the final image which people see. I see technology as tools in the kitbag the best of all is the photographers eye.

    January 20, 2013

    • Christer R.

      I would like to add that without the *eye* - a *good* eye - of the photographer, all the technology tools mean nothing.

      January 20, 2013

    • Helen C.

      They can definitely help to adjust the image to more accurately reflect what the "eye" sees though..

      January 25, 2013

  • Cherry H.

    Technology and the Photographer. Here is an interesting link about some new stuff and the ethics of making use thereof.­

    January 7, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    Sorry I missed the event - I got caught up in Christmas and forgot to check my messages. I hope everyone had a lovely time and to see you in the new year! Jackie x

    December 28, 2012

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