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For some, it’s one of the coolest things, for others, it’s photography’s curse. Whether you like it or not, photography is dependent on technology. Whatever changes happen in the industry, we feel them in the way we create, share or enjoy photography. Whatever the engineers and designers present to the market today is what we will be using for the next few years, generally speaking of course. Sure, you can practice photography with nothing more than recycled can, but let’s face, part of the fun is in the toys.
Here are four innovations that already have the potential of making a significant impact in our industry.
Super High Definition Video
Some say the future of photography as we know it today is limited and that video is going to change the entire game. The most advanced cameras available on the market today already offer resolutions that aren’t very far from what still imagery provides. There would be, without doubt a series of advantages for using video to replace the classic still shot, one of them being the ability to preserve everything and make sure that vital moments are captured. Not too long ago, Canon released a video highlighting the capabilities of its 1Dc and to let us know that missing still frames because you’re shooting video is destined to become a thing of the past. It’s just the start, and even if I don’t personally believe that video will completely replace photography, it does look like things are going to take a dramatic turn in the not too distant future.
I love a professional quality lens, especially if it’s a very fast prime. I think most of us do. But let’s face it, they are big, bulky and often a burden to carry all day. Liquid lenses are still in the experimentation phase but they look promising. They use electrical signals to shape a drop of liquid to focus light on the film plane. It’s not official, but it is said that they can reduce the size and weight of a normal lens with up to 85%. They are currently being used in some barcode scanners and surveillance cameras. Even the idea of having a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens that is just a few inches long is very exciting in my book. but we’ll see how that plays out in the future. For now, here is how it looks in the present
Affordable backs for film cameras
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Knowing that there are countless film cameras in the world that are just sitting uselessly is a troubling thought for many. However, going against the digital flow is probably not the best idea for budget and professional reputation. The search for giving new life to old film cameras has been going on for more than ten years, but things are really starting to look good. I’m not talking about the pro digital backs that cost thousands of dollars and have been on the market for years. This is about solutions that are accessible for every photographer. Multiple ways of achieving this goal are being experimented, and some of them include the co-dependent relationship we have with our smartphones. There is this back designed by a guy named Daniel Jun Hoshino called Hasselnuts. It looks like it was designed for Hasselblad V-system owners who are interested in bringing their cameras to our actual times. The idea is surprisingly simple and it is based on your everyday iPhone. Like I said, it’s just one of many attempts that are being tested. My long term hopes and dreams and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one, is for an interchangeable sensor system. I’m sure somebody, somewhere is working on the patent and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it will eventually be a dream come true.