“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson
In the 21st century, technologies are changing numerous industries on a regular basis. What may have seemed normal five years ago is outdated today. That’s why key players of all industries keep tabs on the research in order to take advantage of the new technologies faster than the competition.
Photographers aren’t an exception. Photography has greatly benefited from recent technological advances. Even though it remains a creative sector, the hardware and software play a big role in creating beautiful photos. Let’s see how modern technology changed photography.
1. Digital Cameras
When portable digital cameras became widely used in the 1990’s, the ability to get instant feedback from the camera has changed the industry. The number of professional photographers suddenly increased. The secret is that it’s much easier to learn how to work with a camera which makes hundreds of photos rather than with a device that offers 24 in one roll of film.
Even if only 5 % of your photos are good, you are in good shape. You can make changes to your approach along the way by looking at the screen. If you ask a fashion photographer from NYC how many photos he takes per day, you may be shocked at the number. Such luxury couldn’t have been possible 30 years ago.
2. Photo Editing Software
In the previous century, the quality of your photos depended solely on how well the picture was taken. If the photographer made a mistake during a photo shoot, you were in for a disappointment. As soon as the camera clicked, the process was out of the photographer’s hands.
The digital camera coupled with photo editing software has changed the world. Today, all types of mistakes made during the photo shoot can be fixed with a certain number of mouse clicks. You may not look your best on the day of the shoot. No problem! Photoshop will fix your makeup, delete the extra pounds, and brighten up the color of your dress.
Photo editing software made the job of the photographer easier during the shoot and tougher after it.
3. Excellent Accessories
Besides the digital camera, photographers have a number of perks to help them take excellent pictures. Lightboxes, strobes, waterproof cases for underwater photography, and much more. The photographer’s bag no longer includes a camera and a tripod, the variety of accessories is overwhelming.
Besides being heavy, they allow creating proper lighting, environment, and ambiance for the shoot. The well-chosen accessories simplify the photographer’s job, reducing the time he or she spends editing photos afterward.
4. In-Camera Editing Software
The majority of modern cameras are equipped with certain in-camera editing software, which can help you edit photos right after you take them. While this may not always be a useful feature for a professional photographer, amateurs can enjoy editing the photos and immediately sending them to social media via Wi-Fi.
In-camera editing software offers such features as picture style, sharpness, resizing, white balance adjustments, and more.
5. W-Fi Readiness
The majority of modern cameras are Wi-Fi ready. This brings the photographer a number of useful options, such as quick backup, uploading the photos to the cloud server, using the smartphone to control the camera, and much more.
Wi-Fi has partially eliminated the need for the USB cable, making the job of the photographer simpler. It has also made uploading photos to social media instantaneous.
Photography as we know it has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Due to the frequent emergence of new technologies, it keeps changing every day. However, no matter how advanced the hardware is, the best photos still can’t be made without a creative approach.