Digital Photography As Both Art and Science

There has always been a lot of debate about photography – that is, how exactly it should be classified. Depending on who you ask, people will either tell you photography is an art or a science.

Why Photography is ‘Art’

Many people believe photography, including digital photography, is a beautiful and unique art form as it allows for emotion to be exquisitely expressed. They see digital photography as a natural evolution of the arts of drawing or painting.

In reality, digital photography is very similar to a painting. Although the original image is an accurate picture of reality, that picture is generally modified using digital tools to reflect the photographer’s thoughts and emotions.

Even digital photos that haven’t been digitally altered are often considered art, simply due to the artistic eye required to find the appropriate subjects for memorable photos.

Those who believe digital photography is an art generally support their stance by saying that the conveyance of emotions through aesthetics makes photography an art form.

Case for ‘Science’

On the other end of the spectrum, a number of camera experts believe photography is a science since it is merely a documentation of something that already exists – not a product of a painter’s mind. This can be a very hard stance to argue, as photographs aren’t made but taken.

Another integral argument for digital photography being science is that any editing or photo taking done by photographers can be traced to a series of scientific steps. In a nutshell, there seems to be a certain consistency surrounding photography that renders it a science.

Photography’s True Nature

It seems as though photography, now as much as ever, remains somewhat a paradox. Not quite a true art, far more artistic than an actual science, it seems as though people will never come to a real consensus concerning its nature.

Perhaps, like most forms of aesthetic expression, digital photography as an art may be simply in the eye of the beholder. Because no one can argue that photography has the ability to convey emotion or take your breath away.

That being said, regardless of the beauty of a photograph, the process of getting to that end point remains virtually the same – the product of a fixed set of processes that must be recognized as scientific rather than inherently artistic.

The Validity Of The Digital Art Medium

Despite the reluctance of mainstream traditional art forums to admit digital art as a serious art form, the field is explosive and gaining ground everyday across the internet, in museums, galleries, and competitions. There is much to be argued in the field, but as a digital artist myself, as well as a vehement proponent for the validity of the digital art medium, I will argue for the validity of the digital medium as a serious art form, as well as attempt to dispel the common myths concerning the medium.

Like any other medium, there are artists of varying degrees of skill, talent, and experience, but there is a level of competence that qualifies in terms of time, effort, thought, presentation, and composition that goes far beyond the snobbery of dismissing the works of such artists as ‘nothing but a few clicks.” The beginning painter or sculptor can easily match this label of “just a few clicks” with a bad representation of form, color and composition in what could be called “just a few strokes.”

This author believes that the main resistance in the traditional art world to digital artistry is related to more of a financial and social exclusivity then any actual lack of talent or work on the part of the serious digital artist. In a world of rapidly diminishing resources and increasing toxicity it might even be reasonable argued that traditionalists waste materials and precious natural resources such as trees, clean water, and introduce other factors of pollution in the use of toxic paints and solutions used in other mediums.

Artistic digital expression is the ultimate resource saving tool in this sense. The average computer, if run for an entire month, averages about 40.00 to operate, and all drawing, painting, 3D sculpturing, and other methods of artistic expression are recycled as easily as pushing the delete key. Photographers and photo manipulation experts can now take a wealth of stock photos with the digital camera, and eliminate the need for toxic dark room chemicals, or expensive development costs.

There is certainly no lack of digital fine art, nor talent in the new medium. I believe it’s time that people begin considering the benefits of digital mediums and stop sneering at the artists simply because they develop self-expressive art forms without the wasteful tools and toxic by products of traditional artists. The same discerning standards may be easily applied to any digital piece of art, whether still, multimedia, or interactive presentations. In the end, it is all the expression of the human soul, and therefore cannot be dismissed as an invalid medium on any reasonable grounds.

What Are the Options For Weighted Keys on Digital Pianos?

When you are buying a digital piano is very easy to feel confused about the different terminology and jargon used? Being digital pianos some of them have lots of wonderful technology that helps create the sounds you hear. This doesn’t help you understand the technology or help you to make the right choice. My article is going to help you understand the different options for weighted keys.

What are the different options? Almost all digital pianos have different key weighting and you quite often hear terms like:

– Light-weighted
– Semi-weighted
– Weighted
– Fully-weighted
– Heavy-weighted

First thing to point out is that all 61 and 76 key electronic keyboards no matter what the brand, come with light-weighted keys. Digital pianos on the other hand come with semi-weighted, weighted, fully weighted or heavy-weighted keys. These types of keys are heavier to touch than the typical electronic keyboard.

What is the best option?

When you buy a digital piano you have to make sure of one thing in terms of weighted keys – make sure they are Touch Sensitive.

What are Touch Sensitive Keys?

When pressing down a piano key softly it will provide a quiet sound. Equally when you press the key harder, you’ll get a loud sound. There are varying degrees of sensitivity in between. So the harder to play the keys the louder it gets, or the softer you strike the key, the quieter it will sound. Simple eh!

The main thing to remember is that if you practice on a piano without Touch Sensitive keys, you’ll end up playing with poor technique and the music you play will have very little expression. Digital pianos that come with fully weighted or heavy weighted keys replicate acoustic pianos more closely and would be the ideal choice for more advanced players.