The current state of the Camera

 

Research; thoughts and summary on already existing Cameras and their issues.

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After conducting some initial research into the current world of Photography it became apparent that due to there being so many different forms of Photography, Cameras and Social Media Platforms that Photo’s have become much less precious than they were when photography was a ‘new-fangled’ wondrous invention.


When cameras were introduced the proposition of being able to take a snapshot of a moment was amazing, but it took time. Loads of time. As technology progressed we got portable film cameras. (amazing!) However this takes too long for the impatient, and the effort of having to go out to somewhere to print them, wait a few days or weeks then have to pick them up is laborious.

Enter the digital age; Photos galore! Hundreds of photos on one device? It’s almost like magic! No need to wait for them to develop! You can print them from your home printers! Load them into your fancy personal computers! Amazing!

Then some bright spark decided having a separate device to take photos and to make calls and texts would work so much better on one device. You could maybe even then send photos to people from phone to phone!


Where we stand now is somewhere past this. The phones we have, have stronger cameras to the compact digital ones, they don’t have as much creative flexibility as a professional DSLR camera’s in terms of the photos it takes. But what will come of the ‘Future cameras’ and world of Photography in a few years time?

With everything shifting to digital format- the ability to take a photo needs only a button press. Additionally the digital format tends to be much more convenient when it comes to storage; it doesn’t take up much physical space but that means you can take many more photos that you could with a camera using film or plates. Due to the mass of photos we take, because of how easy it can be, the value of photos area greatly depreciated. Instead of taking a few treasured photos, thinking about the subject matter, lighting, angles etc.Our ability to take many photos rapidly means the ones of value are lost among the mediocre.

In order to bring back the value of photos and enhance their personal worth we need to try and limit ourselves, or come up with a way to really make us think about the photo’s we take.
Not to mention the less photos we take, would surely increase the quality of subject matter too, and it would flush out the garbage that clogs up all our social media feeds.

Perhaps reverting to a blend of the limiting and suspenseful analogue cameras, and digital file quality and convenience, we could make a much better, more valued experience with photography in the future.

-F

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The Beginnings of a Future Camera

This week we were given the brief for our new project “Future Cameras” by Mozilla. The task entails that we work in groups formed of illustration, product and graphic design students, to create a product or an experience that explores the potential for future of cameras. When given the task we were told to consider privacy and ethnography and were also given “Practices for a Healthy Internet of Things” by Mozilla to give us a deeper understanding of how the internet works and some dangers which can arise.

To begin with we dealt with an “ice breaker” task which was to research the subject of solargraphy to help us get to know everyone in the group and find out about their design background. After discovering that solargraphy is the art of long exposure photography that captures the image of the sun moving across the sky through a pin hole camera, this process can last weeks,months, even years.

After this short task we decided to delve straight into the project and begin our research into the three key words they gave us “capture, curate and display” we split into three groups and did quick fire brain storms to gather ideas and direction whilst also creating a survey for the public in order to begin some of our research. Our group gained a great deal from this session, our personal problems with photography and what direction we want to move in.