Technibition……sure it’s a word. But I wouldn’t try using it in Scrabble just yet because I just coined the term. So do your best to make it go viral and don’t forget to attribute it to me!
What is technibition? It is when the various choices made available by technology leads to the ‘paralysis of analysis’. Perhaps it can best be explained by example. You are out in the field and presented with a beautiful landscape. In the old 35mm slide days you found the best composition and took the shot after deciding on the appropriate aperture and shutter speed for the exposure. Maybe you take two or three photos, bracketing the exposure. After all, film is expensive and in the end you can only choose one exposure (of course, as we moved later in time there was the opportunity for scanning the slide and making more decisions from there). But these days, if one is technically savvy, there are more options. One can do exposure bracketing for HDR, multiple exposures for focus stacking, and since there is no cost for each exposure why not multiple shots changing the point of focus a bit to see what works better in the final image…..same with the aperture and depth of field, multiple shot panoramas, multiple shot HDR panoramas,……..you can get a headache just thinking about it.
And then when you get home and download the images you will have a whole array of the same shot to choose from. And that is where things get difficult, because it is now work to choose the ‘right’ one from the bunch. Do you compare every single one to see which is sharpest. Do you really need focus stacking or did that shot at f16 have adequate depth of field? Is that f22 shot better or is it softer because of diffraction? Or maybe the image is good, but not good enough to merit going through the work of doing all those comparisons.
There you have it. That last sentence is the result of ‘technibition’. Technology has thrown a sandbag in your path because of all the options it offers and perhaps for that reason you end up not making a print at all. And technibition is far more common when the lighting is perfect or when you are on that once in a lifetime trip…..because you want to make sure you got it right. I know, because I have been ‘technibited’ many times!
Having been technibited, I have given this some thought. I believe the answer is not that there is too much technology at all. It is simply the result of the photographer’s uncertainty as to what the goal or endpoint is. If one has a better idea of what their vision is and exactly why they are making an image then the technology becomes a partner to achieve a superior result. If the vision isn’t clear, then the technology becomes a confusing distraction. That is not to say that one can’t have a clear vision but also have more than one usage in mind and therefore make the photograph using more than one technique or technology. But in my mind, the key is to then have multiple discreet, thought out ideas and not do random shooting. One thing is for sure, it isn’t always easy!
Well, that is my opinion…..and it is just that, one person’s opinion. I would love to hear other opinions…..what do you think??