Latest Trends In Photography
Photography has a history of almost two hundred years. The form in which we recognize it today started appearing in France at the start of 19th century. The technology kept on improving and the quality of images got better with each passing day. Colored photos started getting common around the half way mark of the twentieth century. The last three decades have seen the rise of digital cameras which have improved the quality manifolds. There are many other aspects in addition to improvement in camera technology, which have set different trends in this industry. Some of the latest trends are:
Areas of Specialization
There are quite a few areas in which photography can be divided. These are events, nature and portrait photography. They can be further divided into subdivisions. For example, events can be divided into wedding and sports photography. Similarly nature is divided into wildlife and landscape photography. Candid photography is an entirely different proposition. Each of these areas of specialization needs unique set of equipment and skills. To survive in this competitive industry a photographer should be adept in at least one of these areas.
Although universities started degree programs in this field in the 1960s but it hasn’t been until recently that employers have started to demand a degree for entry level positions. There are many schools out there that give quality education on the subject.
Stock Photos Websites
The availability of the internet over the last decade has given an opportunity to all the photographers to sell their photos to earn a decent living. There are hundreds of websites out there which store millions of images bought by corporate and non corporate customers.
Demand for the Skill
There is a never ending demand for photos and the evolution of the internet has acted as a catalyst as websites, businesses and e-newsletters are striving for an increasing number of images. However, there is a downside to it as well. There is no reliable mechanism to protect the images from theft and a great many photographers have to whine watching their photos being used without any proper credit given to them.
Influence of Technology
Over the last few years the smart phone technology and tablet have greatly influenced the photography practices. One reason is the camera quality. The resolution for most of the cameras has gone up to 8Mega pixels. Megapixels, however, is not the only parameter to determine camera quality. The popularity also owes to the cost as it is negligible when the gadget’s other features are combined with it. With the present day devices one can instantly share these photos wirelessly through cloud computing.
Software tools are increasingly being used to edit, crop or add effect to photos. Most of the photo processing functions can be performed through the software available on these mobile devices. Thus photographers can work on their photos on the fly.
Its difficult to carry those heavy DSLR cameras every where. Pocket cameras embedded in smart phones provide a better alternate especially if one has to take ‘casual’ photos. This sort of camera works fine for portraits.
Photography has evolved to enormous proportions. For hobbyists and part timers, it is a good source of earning a few extra bucks and professionals are still earning a decent living.