Automation and Photography

Automation and Photography



Automation and Photography

Did ya ever call a company and get stuck in their automated customer service, seven layers of hell, call routing loop? 

Don’t ya hate that?

In general, I’m OK with automation. Because, when used wisely, automation can save us time and increase efficiency. And when considering that I’ve saved time and increased efficiency, I’m thrilled.  On the other hand, when used unwisely, automation can lead to frustration and disappointment; now I ain’t thrilled.

In comparison, the same applies to the way we make photographs. We talk about this during the Introduction To Photography class


Automation Used Wisely

I think that a wise use of automation is to streamline general processes. For example, aisle markers and store directories automate the process of shoppers lookin’ for stuff in stores.

Automation Used Unwisely

I think an unwise use of automation is when it’s applied to specific human relationships. As an example, once we find the aisle in the store that holds the type of product we’re lookin’ for, we may not be sure what variation of the product best suits our needs.  And if we’re not sure which variation of the product would best suit our needs, we seek out a store employee for help. That employee will help us in the specifics of our experience. In the end, It’s the human interaction that makes the shopping experience successful. More specifically, it’s the human ability to respond in a spontaneous manner to whatever is presented that makes the whole thing work. 


I think of photography as the observing and recording of light.  Specifically, the photographer observes light and then records light, usually with a camera.

Automation and Photography

When photographers observe light we sometimes, or often, get an impulse to maker a picture. And when we get an impulse to make a picture we take out a camera.

As I said before, I think that a wise use of automation is to streamline general processes. But photography ain’t a general process. Because each photographer has their own process of makin’ pictures. As a result, automation and photography don’t always work well together. 

While in our process of creating a picture we can choose to use use automated settings or we can choose to work without automated settings. When working without automatic setting we become more involved in the creation of our photograph. Our involvement in now includes thinking with intent. Because we’re thinking about what we’re doing, we now introduce our ability to respond in a spontaneous manner to whatever  we see. And, more importantly, we operate our camera with intent. Another way to put it is that we use our mind, instead of the automation of machine, to make our photograph.


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