The boring life of a photographer

I feel for professional photographers. Today’s cameras have automatic focus, automatic exposure, automatic white balance, and basically do everything by themselves. News photographers can’t play around in Photoshop to be creative, and there’s just so many angles you can use to take a portrait of a guy in a suit.

So every now and then, these people try experiments. They set the exposure very low, taking photos that look dark and mysterious, except for the politician’s face captured in the bright light of a television camera. They set the shutter very slow, to show a sense of movement.

But Marie-France Coallier’s shot in today’s business section just looks bad, like someone accidentally smudged the photo by wiping it down:


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