What Will Photography Be 10 Years From Now?

Photography is evolving over and over again. It has too many lovers; some are professionals; some have photography as their hobby; while some are just enthusiasts. Somehow, photography is hitched with many if not all. While keeping demand of its lovers alive, latest photography trends are playing a great role in shaping the future of photography. Cameras & lenses are becoming more sophisticated and easy to use, no matter if you are experienced or amateur.

While I was stuck at what more could be to photography in coming 10 years, I was quick to reach out to some of the photography experts…

Let’s hear it out from our experts on what they think photography could be in 10 years from now…

Jon Phillips from Contrastly

latest photography trends - jon phillipsWith camera technology moving so fast, I think it’s difficult to predict what the world of photography will be like in 10 years, or even just 5 years from now. But, my guess is that we’ll see more and more smaller cameras with larger sensors, as well as emerging latest photography trends like computational cameras that feature multi-aperture and multi-lens systems, but that are still lighter, smaller, and that can be carried around much more easily. Convenience is the new black.

Chris Lin from SLR Lounge

latest photography trends - christopher linIn 10 years, we will see a continuation of the major changes we see today: 1) smaller cameras, 2) improvements in video and stills combos, 3) improvements in mobile phone video and photo features, 4) advancements in image processing software.  Though there will be lower barriers to entry and more competition among the “weekend warriors” and part-time photographers, established professionals with a distinct style, creative vision, and sound mastery of lighting, posing and other photography fundamentals will still be able to charge a premium for their services and continue to run lucrative businesses.  However we will see a rise in studios that offer both photography and cinematography.  Offering full resolution downloads will be the standard and the “in person print sales” business model will continue to diminish. This may force many b2b album and print companies to open up their services to every day consumers and potentially lower their prices. In post production, the improvements in Lightroom and other image editing software will give photographers more creative tools and significantly speed up their workflows. Lightroom will adopt even more of Photoshop’s features and only high-end fashion, fine-art and composite photographers will need the consistent use of Photoshop. Of course, these are all guesses. I guess we’ll see!

Joshua Cripps from Joshua Cripps Photography
latest photography trends - Joshua Cripps Photography I believe that in 10 years we’ll see the robust development of a trend that is beginning today with cameras like the Light and the Lytro, along with software like Lightroom and Photoshop. With every step forward digital imaging technology removes more and more technical barriers to photography and puts more emphasis on the creative. That’s an idea we already take for granted because of post-processing; I don’t really need to understand exposure because I can easily fine tune exposure in post to match my artistic vision. Now that idea is beginning to be applied to other aspects of photography. I no longer need to understand aperture and depth of field because I can correct and change it after the fact. I can imagine that more aspects of photography will begin to follow suit: in 10 years perhaps I won’t need to understand shutter speed in the field because some piece of software can simulate different effects in post. Or imagine this: a piece of software that combines multiple shots of the same scene to allow you to recompose completely after the fact. Intriguing!

Thomas Kettner from Thomas Kettner Photography
latest photography trends - Joshua Cripps PhotographyAt this stage, we are reaching the climax. New things happen in smaller steps. There is still development in speed, in quality, and in performance. I think that in 10 years from now, technology-wise it will be not very much different to now. Maybe cameras will become smaller, even faster, maybe there will be no more “still-photography“ but only motion pictures – there you will choose your frame and print a single fraction of a second for a still image.

The question is, if we will need “still-images“ or if we will proceed to moving pictures? Interactive images will be the way of communications and selling. So resuming my thoughts – I think that a photographer will be much more a cinematographer in future. A camera will be a multipurpose tool. Printed paper will become a rarity.

Of course, we will have the sentimental tiny fraction of „real“ photography – maybe even on film…The only thing that will not change – or become even more important is the photographer as an artist, as a person with an unlimited amount of phantasy!

Marissa & Kimberlee from The Boudoir Divas
latest photography trends - The Boudoir Divas San Diego PhotographyWell, I am more of a portrait photographer so I will answer from that stance. I think with more competition in the photo world, the best portrait photographers will step up their game artistically. Creating images that really make a bold statement and say something. I look forward to working with my client’s vision and together coming up with an image really grabs the viewer and pulls you in.

Dan Hostettler from Dan Hostettler Photography
latest photography trends - dan hostettler Digital flow, social media, and smartphones democratized the creation and distribution process of photographs and make it much easier for everybody to claim to be a photographer and entering the so-called “industry”. In consequence, fees and earnings dropped to zero, 90% of actual working “photographers” don’t make the cut. That’s actually not bad!

The more average people snap and share mediocre and unthoughtfully executed images, the more boring this visual art gets in its overall perception. The unrestricted growth of crap flooding the world’s retina every second is utterly perfect for (unconsciously) creating a new awareness and longing for impactful quality. This will separate the wheat from the chaff and in 10 years from now one shines and stands out not only because of an excellent unique photography style but mainly because of knowing how to position, market and connect with clients, campaigns, and audience.

Oh wait, it just crossed my mind: That’s already the case today. Oh, and that was the situation 40 years ago. Hmmm, if I remember correctly: That’s always been the case. Right…! It’s the personality behind the lens that makes the difference – today, in the future, and ever since.
It’s not the gear – neither in the past, today nor any near newly-added-billion-pixels future.
Happy snapping!