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Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Photography - Al­bert Pe­drosa:

In my ba­sic photography work­shop, I nor­mally talk about the his­tory of photography, how it started and where we are today. I al­ways make it a point that no mat­ter how much tech­nol­ogy we put in cam­eras today, photography never changed. We are talk­ing about the same light­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic ex­pe­ri­enced in the past and now.

The physics of light never changed and it ap­plies even to ar­ti­fi­cial light. It’s the same shad­ows, light re­flec­tion and color bal­ance that’s present even be­fore. So what’s chang­ing today? Tech­nol­ogy and the method of capturing light is the dif­fer­ence. The artis­tic side of photography is as hard as a rock, tech­nol­ogy will in­flu­ence it but not so much.

From film we shifted to dig­i­tal. I think that what we have now is just the tip of the ice­berg. It started with a small dig­i­tal cam­era then it swal­lowed the en­tire cam­era sys­tem forc­ing ma­jor cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers to shift to dig­i­tal. Since it’s dig­i­tal, it soared through the in­ter­net space like it was meant to be.

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy strikes a good bal­ance be­tween soft­ware and hard­ware. The con­fig­u­ra­tion be­tween the cam­era and its in­ter­nal pro­cess­ing power is what makes the dif­fer­ence. Both the hard­ware and the soft­ware have lim­i­ta­tions, but if they can com­pli­ment each other, then by de­sign, lim­i­ta­tion can be man­aged.

How can you ex­pect a good im­age qual­ity com­ing from a sen­sor that is 10 times smaller than a reg­u­lar DSLR? The smart­phone cam­era has the right mix of hard­ware and soft­ware to­gether with its pro­cess­ing power. Now, the smart­phone suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced a sys­tem us­ing two lenses.

By the power of soft­ware, pro­cess­ing the data of two cap­tured images us­ing two dif­fer­ent lenses, all hap­pen­ing on the fly, changes the way we cap­ture light. It’s the same light as in the past but cap­tured

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