By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

July 7, 2020

If you’re younger than thirty years old, then you probably have no memory of film cameras. The first commercial digital camera came out in 1989 and has taken over photography ever since.

The digital camera revolutionized picture taking, but at the same time, it cheapened the value of photos. In the days of film, you were stuck with what you had framed when you snapped the shutter. There was no “delete” and another chance to re-shoot the photo. Since even “bad” photos were on the same roll of film, you’d have to pay for their developing along with the others. Thus, people were more careful when they took photos. Today, you can snap hundreds of photos and choose the ones you want. This has led to a mentality where people just point and shoot with no thought of framing and analyzing what they’re seeing beforehand.

It’s helped create the sloppy work habits of today, where you can type or photograph something and copy, paste and alter it in all kinds of ways to make up for what you should have done in the beginning. The digital revolution isn’t bad, but it has made us all more careless.

デジタルカメラ革命

もし、あなたは30歳未満ならフィルムカメラの記憶がないだろう。最初の市販デジカメは1989年に販売し始めた。その後写真界を支配し続けた。

デジカメは写真撮りを大きく変えた。しかし、同時に写真の価値を下げた。フィルムカメラの時代、シャッターを押した時の画像は消せなかった。『削除』機能がなかったし、第2チャンスはなかった。

同じフィルムのロールに入っていたので失敗の写真の現像代も払うのしかなかった。それを考えながら皆は写真を撮っていたので枚数も少なかったうえ、写真の価値が高かった。今は数百枚を撮り、その中から選べられる。この余裕によって皆はカメラを向けてフレーミングなどを考えず、写真を撮る。

デジカメは現在のいい加減な仕事ぶりを促進した。デジタル文章と同じく、コピー、ペースト、編集、削除などで最初にすべきしかししなかったミスをすぐ修正できる。デジタル革命は悪くないが皆、私も含めて、不注意にした。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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