Digital photography has come a long way over the last decade. High-quality digital photography is something that most of us now have access to, and those that don’t can acquire it for relatively little. Here are three photography technology trends that look set to dominate the next year.
It is the sensor inside a camera which determines the quality and detail of the final image. Camera sensors have been getting both bigger and denser, packing hundreds of megapixels (millions of pixels). More powerful sensors are also capable of more sensitive photography, allowing for high ISOs. A high-end modern digital camera can perform much better in low-lighting than digital cameras of the past.
Those of us who have owned a number of smartphones over the last decade or so cannot help but have noticed how much better the in-built cameras have become.
The latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone (the S9+), has introduced some computational photography for the first time. As the name implies, computational photography takes advantage of the increasingly powerful processing chips that sit alongside the camera’s sensor. Computational photography means that, for example, a camera can ‘watch’ a particular area of the frame, taking a shot automatically when it detects movement or another trigger.
Re-imagining the Photo Booth
Photo booths have been, rather sadly, dying out across the world. This is hardly surprising, given that we all have smartphones capable of capturing special moments with the people we love. However, this has given photo booths a kind of retro appeal, the same kind now enjoyed by old film cameras. There remains a sizeable market for digital photo booths. If you’re organizing an event in the near future, consider whether hiring some digital photo booths might add a certain flair and a sense of fun to proceedings.
A RAW Deal
RAW image photography has been used by professionals for some time, but while most digital cameras, and smartphones, are now capable of RAW imaging, the average consumer remains largely unaware of it. When you normally take a photo and save it as an image file (usually a .jpg), the camera captures light using its sensor and builds an image from it. With RAW imaging, it is the light information itself that is saved, and which can be adjusted.
RAW images can, therefore, be retouched and edited much more extensively without suffering a loss in quality. This is obviously ideal for a professional, but does it make a difference to the average consumer? The short answer is ‘probably not’. However, for those who are hoping to take their photography further, and ultimately build a career out of it, getting well acquainted with RAW imaging is a good idea.
Photography is a fast-moving field. For evidence of this, you need only to look at how far the camera technology in our smartphones has become. As digital cameras have become smaller and more compact, manufacturers have managed to pack ever more powerful components into the space available. The above trends are just a few of those that look set to play an important role in the ongoing evolution of photography.