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The Future of Photography

Updated on January 26, 2011

Digital Photography

With the onset of the 21st century, photos can be manipulated and altered in many ways using digital imaging and computer aided techniques. Digital photography started a change in photographic techniques and changed the nature of photography significantly.

Nowadays, the number of photos you can take is much higher, so you can afford to make mistakes. Also, a photograph can often be remedied on the personal computer, even if it was spoiled by too much lighting. While that has made photography more beginner friendly, it is still far from an easy hobby.

The Future

Photography has been present for more than a hundred years and yet new innovations are taking place even this day. Looking at it, one has to surmise that photography will develop again in the future. It's never too late to get into photography and even now it's too early to stop learning more about it.

Cameras have certainly come a long way since the early camera obscuras . Today's digital point and shoot cameras easily fit in one hand and are fully automated. You don't even need the film rolls present in cameras from a few decades past, but can stuff hundreds of photographs on a memory card less than a square inch in size.

If this is the state of photography today, what may the future hold for us? Technologies such as high dynamic range (HDR) imaging and specular reflection have already been developed. They will probably enter the consumer market in the next few years. More long term technologies include various forms of 3D modeling.


Regardless of which one of these technologies you will have in your digital camera a few years from now, one thing is certain: your camera will still not take the pictures for you. Choosing the target, the angle of view and cropping the photograph will still be left for you to take care of.

If you are into photography, you probably want to get better at it. That requires practice - a lot of it. However, it is often helpful to be taught about the theory, too. That's why online photography schools have become a popular method both for new photographers to get used to the art and for more experienced photographers to hone their skills.

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