8 Predictions on the Future of Photography

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Over the last 150 or so years that photography has been in our lives, it didn’t undergo much change until twenty years ago.  While film sizes and developing techniques had minor changes, it wasn’t until the 80’s when the first glimmer of the future of photography started to appear with auto-focus camera’s and faster frames per seconds.  Then digital came and has forever changed our lives.

Here’s a look at what predictions could be forthcoming in the future of photography, some more realistic then others, all are somewhat plausible though.

In camera HDR.


High dynamic range photography has been more of a curse then a blessing as most photographers see it.  Most over-use the ability and create more art images compared with a true photography, layering and layering until what they have more closely resembles a digitally created image, not a photograph.  If a camera can have the ability to do HDR on the fly, in camera it could open up the door for better, more equally exposed images.

Unlimited ISO.  High end DSLRs now seem to be able to shoot in near total darkness, however the blacks still tend to go green in hue.  Working towards better chips that don’t get as hot will lead to better night images without flash.

Simulated grain.

Grain is not a bad thing!  25 years ago photographers chose film based on the grain type, fine, coarse, etc., and the location being shot and how the subject was being shot.  Something about the grain structure in a 3200 speed film shot at noon on a sunny day produced some amazing results.  Digital has noise which is different from grain, so the quest has been to eliminate it; all fine and good.  While post processing techniques can add grain to images, having it in camera would cut down on post processing and allow more creativity while shooting.

3g equipped cameras.  There are already Wi-Fi enabled SD cards, however you must be within a certain distance of an established network with a properly configured router for the transfer of files to a computer work.  Having 3g built into cameras, DSLRs and point and shoots would allow for instant uploads to blogs, photo sharing sites and social media networks.

GPS equipped cameras.

GPS attachments are available for a few of the higher end DSLRs abut the ability to geo-tag your images would allow for better sorting during post-production.

Polaroid film comes back to life. The original instant feedback medium prior to every camera having an LCD monitor on the back was Polaroid.  Hopefully Polaroid will be coming back to life shortly and the company will establish more consumer friendly cameras to utilize instant print technologies.  They can be immensely fun and a nice distraction from digital now and again.

Universal batteries. For whatever reason, camera manufactures like to create a new battery type for each and every camera they make.  There is virtually no difference in quality between the original Canon 5d battery and the 5d mkII battery, other then a huge price increase and very limited availability when the camera was initially released.  One battery shape for all DSLRs and another for point and shoot cameras will allow third party manufactures a chance to make better, cheaper batteries and cross compatibility for all camera owners.

The everything lens.

The dream is a fast zoom lens that covers wide to telephoto, is compact and doesn’t weigh a ton.  Think 15-250mm f/1.8, 2.5″ long and under 10oz. in weight, with macro capabilities.  Every photographers dream!

The future of photography will change, that much is fact, but will manufactures listen to the demands of their customers?

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