shooting in low-light situations and the superiority of digital

by Heather Young

Photojournalist Harry Benson talks to the New York Times' Gadgetwise blog about how taking quality photos in low-light situations is easier than you might think and the superiority of digital photography.

I shoot all digital now. I have a closet full of film cameras like Hasselblad, Nikon, and Rolleiflex, and every time I pass by the closet I hear, “Help! Help!” I feel terrible because they were all great cameras, but why should I use them when I’m getting better results with digital?

He also gets in the usual snide digs at digital post-production.

If I manipulated the photos, I would feel that everything I did was fake. I might take a scratch out but I don’t adjust lighting — that’s creating something that wasn’t there. When photographers start doing that, it can’t be called artwork."

Kind of amusing just how quickly and thoroughly the practitioners of a medium that only won the right to call itself an art after a bruising struggle lasting more than a century become experts on what counts as artwork and what doesn't. Must be nice to enjoy that kind of certainty.