It's always exciting to think what will be the next big thing in photography. What new piece of gear will hit the others out of the park and change the game. The argument can be made that the technological advances in sensors have made it harder for photographers to differentiate themselves from the #shotoniphone masses, but we all got in to photography to take pictures, with whatever tools we had available at the time. This video shows what could be the future of photography. There's only one way to find out whether it's right or not.
How Photography Might Change
Sensors will have more power. When we talk about power it is with regards dynamic range, file size and detail, and iso value so we have cameras basically seeing in the dark. It might be one of these or all three that can see improvements in the future. According to the video, Microsoft is researching curved sensors that they believe hold the answer to better image quality.
Cameras will become smaller. We're capturing 4K footage on our phones. Even though it might not have the dynamic range of a RED or Arri cameras, it's a quality we didn't have a couple of years ago. It can only get more accessible and improved from here on in.
More people will be documenting their stories. Will this lead to better story-telling, or an increase in the noise compared to the great media out there. Will the viewer — in which I mean all of us — need to sift through to find information, or will the level of information rise all-together?
Cameras might integrate into the human body itself. Samsung has a patent on a contact lens camera. Google has tried to get the Google Glass to take off. It's only a matter of time until it'll seem difficult to distinguish between reality and virtual reality.
My aim was not to make myself or you feel old. But, one day DSLRs will be the vintage camera that my grand-children will buy on the future eBay to be their era's “hipster-influencer” the same way I bought my Nikon FE.
This video only gives some ideas of what the future will look like for the photography industry. All of these or none of them could happen. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments.