I continue to believe that we are hitting the tipping point of the exponential curve of the evolution of what we currently call photography. I think photography and camera are becoming as ill fitting as terms like calling and phone. Don't you find it interesting that one of the things you do the least with your "phone" these days is actually call someone? Or at least your smartphone now does so much more than just act as a telephone that it seems quaint to call it a phone.
Capturing our world via sounds and images is being revolutionized as we see exponential increases in things like resolution, combining still and video capture with sounds, location and more and now being able to photograph things we can't even see such as with this recent development from MIT of cameras that can see around corners.
With the note that all of these are all technologies which now several years old, as are my posts about them, consider some of the following examples of how rapidly and fundamentally things are changing in these areas:
Adobe and others have also developed cameras and what they call “computational photography” that can gather such complete information on a scene that focus becomes infinite and something we can adjust after the photo is taken.
Or how about things like Photosynth which can align and stitch together thousands of photos and videos to create a “model” of the whole building or space which you can then walk through.
Add to this the ability to take photos with your “phone” and convert them into 3D models such as with apps like the Autodesk 123D series and how we are starting to see 2D printers replaced by 3D versions capable of "printing" full working 3D assemblies so you can “print” those models you’ve captured and snowflaked them to make them “just right” for you.
Add to the mix things like the Sixth Sense technology
and notions such as The Quantified Self
and you will start to see how we need to completely rethink and reimagine what “photography” means and consider what we need to learn in order to make smart choices and use the power of these innovations for positive good and gain.
For now start to notice how the use of video is becoming more and more pervasive and consider that as the resolution of video cameras in our “phones” goes up and up, won’t still and video merge into one when you can grab just the perfect “frame” for a video anytime you want a “still photo”. A little further out what if you don’t need to remember to take a photo or a video of an event before it happens because it you are capturing everything all the time.
Scary? You bet! Exciting? Absolutely! Inevitable? I think so.