Howard Schatzberg is a photographer I admire for many reasons. Not least of which is his ability to capture a moment in time that I may never get a chance to get a picture of myself doing. The images that he captures are timeless, capturing moments that we may never get to see.
As a photographer, it’s important to me to be able to capture a genuine moment in time, like when the light is right, the clouds are in the right place, or the people are in the right place. The camera in your phone or camera is a great way to capture such moments.
Howard is a master of capturing moments. He’s a prolific photographer and has a good eye for capturing lighting and other aesthetic details. He shoots his work with his iPhone and takes a ton of pictures. The one you see above is one of his best. It was taken at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, where the light is perfect, the clouds are in the right place, and the people are in the right place. It captures the essence of what makes Howard Schatzberg photography stand out.
The other photographers who have captured Howard Schatzberg photographs are his brother, David Schatzberg, and his niece, Molly Schatzberg. Howard has also photographed the likes of David Bowie and his daughter, Astrid Schatzberg.
Although the images are stunning, I think only the black and white ones with the “A” and “M” signs on them are truly great.
I’d argue that the black and white images are more stunning because they’re more rare. Most black and white photos are from people who are on their phones and a phone camera. The more natural, raw, and rawer the subject, the more valuable this kind of photo is.
The problem with black and white photography is that it’s not as valuable as it used to be. I mean, it used to be as valuable as it is today. But things are now so digitalized that a lot of the things people are posting today are more digital images than they ever were before. And while the cost of digital has come down, the quality of the images has not. The quality of those digital images has declined.
I’m sure you’ve read plenty of articles and blog posts about the importance of making your pictures look more like a’real’ photo. And when it comes to digital images vs. physical ones, there are some pretty good arguments for digital images being better. But it’s not just the quality of the image that’s important; it’s the fact that a digital image has the ability to store data about the subject that a physical photo cannot.
The problem with digital is that it is not always easy to make a good looking digital image look as good as a physical photo. When you are making a digital image, you are limited to how much data you can put into it. Since digital images are already a lot smaller than a traditional photo, you are limited only to the amount of data you can store.
Even with all the limitations of digital, the fact is that there are many times when digital can look better than a physical image. However, even though a digital image can be infinitely more detailed, there are some situations when there is a tradeoff between the two. When you are trying to make a digital image look as good as a physical image, you will inevitably have some areas that are harder to get a digital image to look better.