Photography has changed a huge amount over the last several decades. Not only have we had the digital photography revolution, we have seen the addition of cameras to our smartphones and laptops. Technology is now continuing to transform photography in new and exciting ways. The following three trends are the foundations upon which the next revolution in photography will almost certainly be built.
Technology has dramatically changed the way that we think about photography. It was not all that long ago that you would have been laughed at for suggesting that our cell phones would one day have cameras in them that would rival their full-sized brethren. Now, however, we have cameras built in to smartphones, which have very impressive processing power.
Traditional digital cameras aren’t designed to perform the range of functions that smartphones are, they therefore lack the raw processing power of a modern smartphone. If you have ever wondered why the camera apps on your phone are capable of applying such a range of filters and effects to your photos, in real-time, this is why.
Computational photography takes advantage of all this processing power to allow images to be captured in a number of different ways. For example, the user can set their camera to ‘watch’ a particular area for signs of movement. This would be very useful for sports photographers who could make sure their camera captured athletes as they pass through particular points.
Editing on the Fly
Going back to smartphones, one of the biggest advantages of using them for photography is that they have the necessary apps and computing power needed to perform advanced digital image manipulation. These capabilities have been present on smartphones for a while now, but they are gradually making their way on to full-size digital cameras.
There aren’t any cameras with Photoshop built in (yet…), but there are some camera manufacturers who offer apps to connect smartphones and cameras. This means you can download images from your camera to your smartphone and edit them while on the go.
The rise of both social media and widely available public Wi-Fi networks means that it is now easy to instantly share a photo with other people as soon as it has been taken. Some digital cameras can now connect to Wi-Fi networks themselves, making it possible to share high quality shots in the way that many of us currently share lower-quality images from our phones.
These developments have made photography an increasingly sociable activity. With cameras in our pockets all the time, many of us feel compelled to capture as many special moments in our lives as possible. If you want to really push the boat out, why not see if there’s a photo booth for sale nearby? These photo booths make an excellent addition to any party, they’re a great way of boosting the atmosphere, and will definitely get your guests talking.
Technology moves fast, and often unpredictably. However, it is a reasonably certain bet that the next significant development in photography technology will be built upon one of the trends mentioned above.