Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
As the digital medium and the ubiquity of cheap equipment informs the pool of photographic imagery inhabiting the galleries - our set of requirements for 'quality' will slowly shift to accommodate this new work and new kinds of quality that we cannot yet imagine perhaps. What WE consider high quality will become nearly invisible to others (and even to ourselves) as this happens.
I recently had an experience like this while installing a digital projector in a theater. The factory technician had just finished making final calibrations on the system and ran some test material. Everybody was standing around, watching the picture, marveling at how good it looked. I walked in, looked at the picture for about a minute and said that the color was off and the contrast needed to be adjusted. They all got real quiet and the technician looked at me like I just killed his puppy.

The test reel ran again and I pointed out the problems. "This person's face is too dark. The background is all blown out. There is a blue color cast. Etc." The technician looked for about a half minute but couldn't see the problem. The rest of the people just turned around and walked out. It was clear that nobody WANTED to see the deficiencies in the image and they were willing to ignore them because they wanted to believe that "digital is better just because it's digital."

A little while later, people started talking about how there is no dust or scratches in the digital image like there is with film. My answer was, "If the film projector is cleaned and properly maintained, there won't be dust or scratches." ...Silence... "But the film projector has a jittery image," one person said. My answer was, "If you replace the worn out film guides in the projector and adjust the gate tension like it's supposed to be, that won't happen." Again, dead puppies!

I'm a techie guy. I love to tinker with computers and digital stuff. I know that film has its strengths and weaknesses just the same as digital does. I like to work with BOTH and I like to make both images look as good as I know how. In my view of a perfect world, film and digital will work side by side, each to its own strengths and with operators who work to use both kinds of equipment to make the best product they can.

I agree with you. There are many people who just can't see the difference and there are many people who just refuse to admit that the can see a difference. Out of the group of people who can see a difference, many of them are quickly loosing the ability to tell the difference at all.