Archival Footage

There’s a myth in my industry in which bigger means better. Unfortunately, there’s no objective definition of “quality” which means file size has become the default benchmark.

The word “megapixel” is as subjective as the word “mild” when used to describe the weather. Evaluating a photograph on the detail or “image quality” is pure folly.

I just finished watching the Frank Zappa documentary. It contained hundreds of snapshots and scores of video clips. Other than me, I’m sure nobody was aware of the “diminished” quality. My observation was not at all negative. I thought that every “amateur” snapshot played a solid supporting role.

It would be nice if every key moment in life could be memorialized with a professional photography session. Instead, we do what we can with the tools at hand. Even if a circa-2006 mobile phone camera is all there is.

Maybe someday this snapshot will be in a documentary of this person with a bright future in the world of fashion. I’m certain that nobody will be splitting hairs over the resolution.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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