Surrounded by digital cameras, LCD projectors, big screen TVs, and laptop computers, kids today are growing up in a world of pictures. But is that a good thing or bad thing? That depends on the pictures.
This was made crystal clear to me this week during my eleven-year-old son's graduation from elementary school. (Yes, in my town it's a big deal to make it through the fifth grade.) Before I go into the details, let me tell you something about this child. When he was only five, way back in the year 2000, I boasted that he was the most digitally-photographed child on the planet. From the moment he was born, digital cameras (and film too!) played a big part in his life. For example, I took a photo of him 15 minutes after he was born. The picture appeared on the Oct. 1995 cover of Popular Photography. Within 6 hours of his birth, I emailed a VGA-res photo taken with an Apple QuickTake 100 to every person I knew with an email address (about 30 at the time). Half those folks couldn't open the image, but the others were stunned by the immediacy of the photo, as my son wasn't even a day old. Over the years, his life was recorded more and more frequently on digital cameras as I had an unlimited supply to test and the image quality kept improving.