Just another attempt at making this forum fun again!
I came kicking and screaming from slide/film to digital as I didn't initially trust the digital media. Of course that's all behind me now and I love digital, however I often find myself shooting at though I'm still using 35mm!
Although I perhaps wouldn't ever again visit an airport with my old SLR, I still love film and it's what I grew up with. So my question is this - has image quality overall improved with digital? With film you had to get it exactly right first (and only) time, otherwise you binned it. Does past experience with the older media make us better photographers? Or just different?
Reason I ask is because a few weeks ago a chap was showing me some of his images taken with a 12.1MP DSLR. In many images the subject was tiny in the frame and completely unlevel, however by the time the images reached A.net they were perfect. Of course with a 3MP camera this amount of cropping would have resulted in far too much quality-loss, but with so many mega-pixels to play with it wasn't noticeable in the slightest. So are high mega-pixel cameras taking the art out of it? Are we getting lazy? Are we thinking less about the shot compositionally and relying too much on Photoshop (our personal digital darkroom)? Let's face it, Photoshop can mask a multitude of sins which would have stuck out like a sore thumb on slide or film.
Is this unique to the new breed of photographers or are some ex-slide shooters becoming a little idle? I must admit, since digital my personal standards have slipped slightly simply because I know that minor faults can be corrected in Photoshop - but my composition and framing is more-or-less the same as it ever was (not quite as tight-in as it used to be perhaps). Is there in today's standard of photography a right and a wrong way to do things? Is this a positive or a negative thing? Are some slide shooters too elitist maybe? And the ultimate question when taking into account everything above - is digital REALLY giving us better photographs? And is it creating better photographers?