Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is Photo Overload setting in?

The beauty of digital photography may also be its undoing: it's so easy to take a picture and store it digitally that the value of individual photos is diminishing.

We are being bombarded with millions of photos on Flickr, PicassaWeb, Photobucket, and numerous other photo sharing sites, as well as low-resolution cell-phone photos, and I am wondering if we're starting to suffer from photo overload. It's a simple case of supply and demand. We are oversupplied with digital photos--way too many for anyone to absorb--and as a result, the average viewer is being overloaded and spends less time appreciating a photo.

Heck, there isn't enough time to devote enough time to really studying pictures that deserve to be noticed.

There needs to be a better way to filter out pictures that don't meet your interest, and with all the agorithms out there, perhaps this is something some creative computer genious can work on. In the meantime, keep sending in your favorite photo sites and if they are really good, I'll feature them on Black & White World.

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