In my basic photography workshop, I normally talk about the history of photography, how it started and where we are today. I always make it a point that no matter how much technology we put in cameras today, photography never changed. We are talking about the same lighting characteristic experienced in the past and now.
The physics of light never changed and it applies even to artificial light. It’s the same shadows, light reflection and color balance that’s present even before. So what’s changing today? Technology and the method of capturing light is the difference. The artistic side of photography is as hard as a rock, technology will influence it but not so much.
From film we shifted to digital. I think that what we have now is just the tip of the iceberg. It started with a small digital camera then it swallowed the entire camera system forcing major camera manufacturer to shift to digital. Since it’s digital, it soared through the internet space like it was meant to be.
Digital technology strikes a good balance between software and hardware. The configuration between the camera and its internal processing power is what makes the difference. Both the hardware and the software has limitations but if they can compliment each other, then by design, limitation can be managed.
How can you expect a good image quality coming from a sensor that is 10 times smaller than a regular DSLR. The smartphone camera has the right mix of hardware and software together with its processing power. Now, the smartphone successfully introduced a system using two lenses.
By the power of software, processing the data of two captured images using two different lenses, all happening on the fly, changes the way we capture light. It’s the same light as in the past but captured differently backed by the technology is only available today.
I think that multiple lenses will be the next gen for compact cameras. Currently it’s possible with smaller sensors because of the smaller amount of data but I think a semi pro camera using multiple lens and capable processor is the next big thing. It might look awkward at first since it’s been a lifetime looking at cameras that looks similar but as usual, we’ll get used to it.
The cameras that we have today is the same hardware using the same method of capturing light and uses digital imaging only in the recording part. I think that hardware designers today are now throwing away the old method of capturing light and reinventing the camera with today’s technology as if the camera never existed before. Giving it a fresh look.
With all the technology in the palm of our hands, unfortunately, as usual, skills is not included. The art of photography will still remain within the eyes of the shooter. The creative part of photography is still within the vast wide space of our imagination.
Keep on shooting everyone! www.albertpedrosa.com
Text and photos by Albert Pedrosa