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BOSTON Architecture & Landmarks
Stefan Ahlblad, AIA
Choosing a lens
Video and Photography
DSLR cameras are capable of producing both excellent photos and video images. They may have been designed as high end still cameras, but with the new video feature DSLRs have increasingly become video cameras of choice, even among some videographers. The drawback is that the design of the DSLR is not ideal for holding and handling the camera in video mode. Inventors and manufacturers have found this to be a fertile ground for producing equipment intended to alleviate the shortcomings. Today DSLRs are facing competition as the ranging master of photography from mirror-less cameras, which also produce excellent images and in addition make shooting video using a viewfinder more convenient. The benefit of having both still and video functions in the same camera can be debated. I personally appreciate cameras with the combined feature since I prefer carrying around minimal amount of equipment and still do both stills and video. Yet serious video and film-making require a quite different approach to the subject and more preparations than still photography and therefore may warrant separate specialized cameras.
In the film age photographs were considered to be an accurate evidence of a situation or place. This was to some extent a false assumption even then. Any photograph represents the subjectively selected frame by the photographer. Today in our digital age a photograph is less reliable as evidence because it can easily be manipulated electronically. How much can a photograph be altered and still be considered a photograph rather than a piece of graphics art? Videos and movies are typically composed of scenes from different locations and shot at different times. All these manipulations make images, still photos and videos, a mixture of fiction and facts. This can result in captivating artistic work, but may also be misused for deceptive political ends.
As a non-professional photographer I have mostly photographed family and vacation scenes, landscapes and architecture. Creating art did not use to be a primary concern, but has grown in importance for me as I have acquired better camera gear and devoted more time to photography. For the benefit of the viewer I am including, in addition to my own photographs and videos, links to sites with informational and inspirational content. I also welcome feedback from visitors to the site.