personally. i find this quote funny.
words like "Redundant" and "Anyone"
personally.... really. if ANYONE can do it. why hasn't anyone replaced people like picasso with their art ? since technology is so advanced at present stage to have eliminated almost majority of the traditional artists in the world ?
i hope i can live that long to see that happen. cause i would love to see anyone shoot and command $1000/hr and create heart stopping action , tear dropping moments and proud moments that last a lifetime.
Whats the purpose of loving photography, but just cant love the sophistication of Arts ?
and to appreciate photography as an artform, and to appreciate photography for the sake of commercial reasons is 2 totally different issues.
you question what future beholds photography with its rapid advancement in imaging technology. but do you have an answer or even a general perspective of your answer ?
because technology has made dslr affordable, and any ah kow ah lian can own a dslr and go out and self proclaim.
but really. if such an problem can be contained and solved. i guess it would have happened long ago. why now ?
free photographers are everywhere. but lets put it this way. everyone need to have a starting point, and most would eventually start charging when they start to feel that their time and effort could be converted into something more useful for the benefit of themselves.
even when the camera can do all the proper adjustments for exposure... there are many factors left....
composition cant be learnt or replaced with technology.
technology moves fast, but how many here can use the technology to their advantage? no point telling a noob to achieve a Pro sport's shooter's image because the pro sport shooter will have experience, anticipation and other small tricks and knacks, small, untangible, but these ARE the important differences.
not to mention the noob might not even know how to utilise the camera( i didnt know how to operate the 1dMK2 menu layout the first time i got it)
tech replace man? not really, the art factor is just increasing in importance with every new break through that is starting to render the technical aspect obsolete.
cheers and happy shooting
The future of photography will be ocular implants, where you record exactly what you see with your normal eyes. Then later on you'll get to swap your eye with something more advanced like say a 70-300mm lens. What say you? =p My eye doesn't have enough DR!
Seriously, you look at the standard of pictures on ClubSnap, you might think they are quite good. But go to a real famous top class photog's exhibition and you'll realise that everyone here is just tiny prawns in comparison. Yet the people on CS make the average person on the street even more tiny prawns.
Hence, the future of photography is similar to any hobby or activity which used to have high start up costs but is now easy to gain access to. Ie a lot more hobbyists.
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The future is bright.......
Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!
I am not replying to any comment but would like to view from another angle of photography. Some classic professionals said that they liked to keep traditions and hence maintained the value. I would like to bring Architecture profession as an example. Many years back, most architects said that they must keep all traditional methods to work on projects. It is to remain its own proud of profressional. They sketched the drawing of building design by hand and kept all hardcopy of drawing for work. But, today with computer graphic technology, they know that they cannot keep their proud of tradition and use hand-drawing anymore. Similar for photography professionals, all must accept the change and produce the modern ways of professional. I can give examples of today's photographers. They shoot, view and show their photos on the spot to their clients. If not satisfied, shoot again right away without another day of waiting processing. It is the value of Digital Photography today.
In summary, accept the change of environment and find ways to move on for modern professionals.
By the way, I am not pro.
No matter how advance the technology becomes, no matter how "Smile Friendly" the cameras get! It will never be able to match a personal judgment / timing to shoot and be creative at the same time!
Not any one can do the job! I have been shooting for the past 5 years with Digital / film but still cannot dare to shoot an Event on my own! Not even my brother's wedding
Simply put, agree with others 100%, and 100% disagree with your statement "Any body can do their job"
if everybody only need to take one photo in their life, during when there are still in baby, so all they need to do is photoshop everything from kindergarten class photo to IC making to graduation photo to 21st birthday party to wedding photo to family photo to 70th birthday dinner untill sumit IC and up the lorry.
or everybody are very happy with thier photos taken by any ah huay ah lian ah beng ah seng.... that including those photos you see in magazine and newpaper, advertisments on the road, TV, movies, also including your Nikon or Canon camera catalogue.
You know, I used to think like you do in uni. Being educated in an technology savvy environment, I'm used to think that clutch pencils and t-squares were things of the past...... until I started working. You can drop 30k on a rendered perspective but if the client doesn't get it, he's not going to wait for another 3 days for you to generate another perspective for him. This is where effective sketching skills comes in useful and that's a life saver time and again. If you could sketch out another perspective within 10 mins, your chances of getting the job done is instantly increased many folds because there and then, you proved that you can provide what the clients needed. Never under estimate the potential of manual drawings even if 99% of the work are done with computers. You don't know when your life is going to depend on it.
By the way, I'm a practising architect and a working photographer.
he totally went mia.. prolly went to change register a new name after getting so many rebuking...
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Thanks everyone for their input though alot of rebuking here and there but at least I know more about what you guys feel about photography.
Seems like technology will never get rid of photography. Maybe I can make it my job in the future? Well, lets see..... ....
the future of photography is exciting!
i foresee that one day in the not too distant future ALL digital cameras , including DSLRs and p&s, will be at least 12mp, full frame sensor, live view, image stabilised, can shoot HD video, and can shoot up to iso 12800 cleanly. with a wallet friendly price tag to match.
all this means is that everyone can soon get their hands on very good photographic equipment.
but, it does not mean that technology can replace the photographer's skill.
the realm of artificial intelligence is progressing, but very slowly in terms of replicating human creativity. we can successfully program a computer to beat the human world chess champion, but we cannot yet program a computer to create the music of bach, the art of van gogh, the sonnets of shakespeare, or even the adventures of harry potter.
why is this so? i believe it is simply because the computer, and technology, has no soul, no emotion, and no passion: three ingredients essential to the creative and artistic process.
maybe ken rockwell was right after all: your camera doesn't matter.