Pictures Too Plentiful For Purpose

By Kenny Brenizer

Carlisle High School (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)

Pictures are becoming too plentiful to be as meaningful as they once were, as it is now much easier to take them in large amounts and on the spur of the moment. This makes taking the pictures much easier, which means we take more pictures and they start to lose their meaning.

Cameras have increased in quality. They have faster shutter speed, better resolution, and many more added features that older cameras don’t have. The red eye effect was also a bigger problem in older photos, while newer models of the same camera have red eye reduction.

Since we have these better cameras that take better pictures, we naturally take more pictures because they turn out better. There’s also the rise of smartphones which brought on the mass of selfies.

Social media sites are built around people’s need to share their photos with the world. Every second, around 8,796 pictures are shared on Snapchat alone. In 2013, Facebook wrote that people uploaded 350 million images to Facebook each day. There are too many sites to name, though a few others are Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

It makes sense that people want to share their pictures, but they’re losing their meaning quickly. A well-taken picture used to be harder to come by and more difficult to take. A group photo used to require a tri-pod and a timer; now there are selfie sticks that only take half the time and effort.

Photos can turn out better now, but the meaning behind the picture is being lost. Before digital cameras, photographers had to make sure they got every detail correct before taking the photo. A lot of work went into making sure it came out the right way. Nowadays, anyone can pick up an iPhone, hold down one button and take as many photos in a row as they want.

Less work is going into the photos we take, and the meaning and beauty behind them is lost. Is the passion for photography lost as well?

Photo Credit: Markus Spiering

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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