Digital SLR Photography - - Snapshots -

IS AU­TOMA­TION A NEC­ES­SARY evil or just the pro­gres­sion of tech­nol­ogy? It’s a topic that’s a very real is­sue in many lines of work – from man­u­fac­tur­ing to pack­ag­ing com­pa­nies, and now, por­trait pho­tog­ra­phers! IRIS is a new au­to­mated photo booth that’s ar­rived in the U. S, claim­ing that it can cap­ture “pro­fes­sional– qual­ity” im­ages in just a few sec­onds, for as lit­tle as USD$ 20! The booth gives users a choice of six high- key head­shots from a fixed fo­cal length and even al­lows them to edit their own im­ages with smart blem­ish re­moval, bright­en­ing and teeth whiten­ing. Go­ing by the care­fully se­lected ex­am­ple im­ages on the web­site, the re­sults look good enough, but surely a flash and a lens are no re­place­ment for a pho­tog­ra­pher's creative vi­sion and ex­pe­ri­ence? IRIS booths are cur­rently in nine lo­ca­tions around the U. S, with more to fol­low in the near fu­ture. What do you think? Can pho­tog­ra­phy be­come en­tirely au­to­mated? Let us know on Twit­ter: @ dig­i­tal­slr­photo

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