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How Technology is Changing Our Cameras

February 15, 2016

If you took the cameras of ten years ago and compared them to the ones being produced today, the difference would be extraordinary. That is one of the main reasons why DSLR cameras are becoming more widespread, as entry-level models are available to bloggers, amateurs, and hobbyists at a low price with all of the extras. These days, don’t expect your camera to just take pictures. You are no longer restricted to your memory card as a way to download your images: it’s all about finding the most high tech and easy-peasy ways of getting that data moved around.

Even mid-range cameras are now expected to come with Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as Bluetooth accessibility, and many are capable of uploading images to any device with just a few taps. Some can even upload them to social networks for you, or just stream them live on the internet.

It’s possible to watch live as a painter draws, or go on an adventure with a helmet cam. You can use your smartphone to change the settings on your DSLR and even fire it, capturing images without so much as touching the camera itself. With NFC or Near Field Communication chips, you can now simply tap some cameras against devices to get everything transferred. Let’s take a deeper look into the tech revolution which is changing our cameras, what it means for us, and what the future may hold.

Photo by Jay Wennington

Photo by Jay Wennington

Why this is important

One of the biggest indicators of how we live is how technology is improving. We can see that more and more people are getting into photography on at least an amateur level, with DSLRs becoming a mainstream product. This means more competition – but it also means that those who have true skill can remain masters of their fields.

We can also see trends in lifestyle: cameras have remote releases because everyone wants to take selfies. They are connected to the internet because everyone wants to make the most of social media. Taking this into account helps us to understand a lot about what is going on around us – and how we can harness that in our work, or use it to predict the future.

Cameras becoming more tech-friendly is also really important because it means that they are one of the driving technologies of the moment. It means we can use them in a wider range of ways, coming up with new ways of making, sharing, and connecting art. It also means we can find new ways to make money, or at least better and quicker ways. As a professional, it is important that you pay attention to the way things are developing. Will it change the way that you work? Absolutely. Just as there is little call for film photography in commercial fields nowadays, so you may find in the future that there is no call for a photographer who cannot seamlessly upload shots in real-time to an editor’s desk. Move with the times to avoid being left behind!

How you can benefit

As a professional photographer, the benefits could be enormous. If you work in a field connected with events or time-sensitive material, you can now upload material immediately after taking it, allowing your editor or client to get the ball rolling from their end. You can also share behind the scenes takes, outtakes, and previews straight from your camera to engage your social audience.

As for using your phone as a shutter release, it may now be possible to get further from your subject than remote triggers would previously allow. This may open new doors for sports and wildlife photographers in particular, who can leave the camera to work silently while they are out of the way of the action.

What’s coming next?

The big question is where all of this is going to lead next. It’s easy to imagine that the tech evolution will only continue stronger, and perhaps even speed up. What else could your camera do to make things easier? How about powerful editing tools that work in-camera, without the degradation of quality compared to current computer editing? The ability to send email alerts or social notifications to editors or stock site teams with the push of a button? More integrated social networks? How about a camera that only takes images to post on Instagram?

Truth be told, whatever we predict will most likely be either ridiculously farfetched or far too conservative compared to reality – and there’s no way to tell which until it happens. The tech revolution is happening, and the best way to weather it is to hold on tight and see where it takes us!