Technology noise. What the heck am I talking about? A few fundamentals a photographer needs to consider when capturing an image are composition, focus area (or depth), lighting, magnification and time. Anything technology related is technology noise. Ok, maybe I have left something out but I hope you get my idea. Like me you have spent the time to learn the technology and the limitations. These have been drilled into us as the fundamentals of photography. In 1960 we might have said you can't be a photographer if you don't know how to use a lightmeter and know the relationship of light, shutter speed and aperature. I claim this is technology noise. Instead the photographer should be worried about how the light is going to affect the image, not the details of how to manipulate a crude light sensor, camera and film to capture the image. The tradeoffs caused by the fundamental limitations due to the physics of the optics, light and image capture can be handled by the computer that runs the camera. On Pixels and Film - Film grain, vivid color, pixel light senstivity, CCD size, what do these have to do with photography other than being technical limitations that creep into the creative process? Within a decade (or two at maximum) the sensor should become a non-issue even for the most particular photographer. It still may be fun for some of us technically obsessed types, but not for a photograher. Today I am going to worry about the size of the CCD and the number of pixels because it matters to a fair extent, but others might not and they could very well compose more interesting images than me with all of my concern for the right technology. About Optics and exposure - A photographer fundamentally needs to understand how light affects the image. Given the physics of the optics and the sensor there always will be the tradeoffs of depth of field, light and the speed the image can be captured. Does this mean someone has to think in terms of f stops, depth of field and shutter speed? Today camera automation is still pretty dumb. The camera tries to provide dummy preset modes such as portrait, landscape etc that don't allow the serious photographer to capture the image as well as making the aperature choice on their own. I think that there could be better ways for a non-technical photograher to tell the camera how they want to capture the image. Giving automatically coupled controls for focus range and speed might be more intuitive that aperature and shutter speed. Knowing the affect of an f2.8 versus f22 aperature really is an artifact of the technology we use to describe the optics. What we are really saying at f2.8 is that it there either is too little light or that we want to limit the focus range. When the technology noise gets out of the picture there are going to be many more creative people that can express themselves with images. There are also folks, me included, who like the technical details of how to capture an image. I will always be working on the creative side of photography that is most challenging. When the technical barriers are removed the non-technical upstarts will have the ability to express themselves effectively with the camera, many creating some more interesting images than those of us that are technically adept. I don't think that this day is too far away. What do you think?