Can ppl stop making fun of dark skinned ppls skin not showing up in pictures? Its not funny that you can barely see a dark skinned person in a photo. Its because of white supremacist colorist cameras that were created with a white norm in mind. Its simple shit like this we can do in every day life to eradicate colorism in our communities.
Heres some articles on the subject:
Teaching The Camera To See My Skin
Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography
The articles are lovely and important. I photograph people who look like me (ie various shades of brown) most of the time, and lighting is a skill you learn. Photography is ALL ABOUT lighting. That said, cameras aren’t ‘white supremacist colorist machines’, simply because cameras see what you want them to see. Photographers photograph with white norms of beauty and appropriate lighting.
The first article is particularly interesting reading for anyone interested in shooting film - the limitations of film (don’t get me wrong, I love film, it’s just hard), as well as the racist biases that determined how film stock was made sensitive to certain colours, the ‘tricks’ photographers had to employ to circumvent that.
I also have a lot of questions about this: “Even today, in low light, the sensors search for something that is lightly colored or light skinned before the shutter is released. Focus it on a dark spot, and the camera is inactive. It only knows how to calibrate itself against lightness to define the image.” I’m curious, can the camera circumvent this? Given that it cannot but recognize light (neither can our eyes; after a point, shooting anything in low light - even with a lens with a wide, fixed aperture - is difficult, hence long shutter speeds etc)? I’d be interested to know from folks who understand technology more than I do.