How the dSLR changed Photography?
I earlier wrote a draft that looked into the photography business being diluted because of entry-level dSLRs. I scrapped the entry as I feel it’s more than just that — it’s so much more than just taking photos for a living.
The first time I handled a professional camera was back in my high school days where we had to do a photo-essay contest for one of our art classes. We bought film, took great time when framing each shot and had only 12 shots to spare (13 if you’re lucky). I remembered winning and our group getting a 1.0 grade.
Ten years later, I bought my very first camera — a 3.2 megapixel Canon Ixus 30. I was influenced by a friend how had a Canon Powershot and another friend who had a model that uses a 3.5″ floppy disk (I think it was a Sony Digital Mavica).
The film is gone. I can take as many shots as my 256MB SD card can handle and I need not have to go to the photo printers to see my shots. Looking back in the last couple of years, times have really changed the photography landscape.
- We no longer store rolls of films but rely on terabytes of HDD space for storage.
- Anybody and his dSLR can be assigned as the official photographer.
- Shoot now, edit later mentality.
- Photoshop is your best friend.
- It’s becoming harder to identify who’s the official photographer during a wedding ceremony.
- The Friendster-pose was invented.
- Flickr is the new Photo Album.
What else has changed?
And who among you here knows that Nokia is the biggest camera manufacturer in the world?
Times have changed. The Polaroid has become the thing of the past. But, I still keep those 15-year old negatives locked in the box just in case.