One billion new cameras will be plunged during the year in an increasingly populated world of “photographers”. Many smartphones will be bought in the course of 2020, mobile smart enough to have almost completely replaced at least at certain levels those single-use instruments that are called cameras. And so our hard drives and various clouds are filled with shots. Some beautiful, most unnecessary, redundant, or simply ugly. Aided by the fact of having a firearm in your pocket, loads of filters capable of making glamorous even a plate of spaghetti with mussels and an audience that show our social enterprises.
The first revolution in the field of photography has taken place with the digital age: take pictures has become less expensive and affordable for everyone.
Digital has surely enhanced the world of visual communication. Photographing has become easier for everyone, and undoubtedly the best successes. I think the incredible sensitivity of the sensors for night shots, the ability to shoot at almost zero cost to the appeal or to review your images immediately. With digital, all are “photographers”, but many snaps without thinking, then believe they can recover with Photoshop. With the film was almost impossible, require much more patience in the first step, attention to the means, the roller and a pinch of talent more. This revolution has done away with the magic of the darkroom, the expectation of the development on his return from a trip and, paradoxically, in a world of social networks, has also vanished the time to share with friends, the magic of the present through a photo album or project company in the obsolete slides. Someone who thanked those endless evenings are complete. I am one of those.
The second revolution occurred with the phones “smart.”
the technology of a smartphone is in many ways much better Explore the meaning of the term: technology of a smartphone is in many ways much better than the great photographers also possessed only 50 years ago. The quality of the lenses is not yet visible, and many features are limited but enjoy a lightweight, pocket-sized, and that most often goes unnoticed is an advantage not to be underestimated, even at the professional level. It is no coincidence that some photographers have documented entire war reportage with an iPhone and others have won the major contest with a smartphone immortalizing moments that have made history. I personally think that photography is still made of insights. The shot is the last act of capturing the image and in many ways, the easiest part of the whole process, does not really matter what kind of camera you use, but the end result, the image obtained and the message communicated.
Then came the explosion of “social photography.”
I do not think there is a real “sharing” of the images, at least not in its highest, but rather a necessity, a desire to photograph and immediately distribute the click through all the social networks. I would say that the motto of the Kodak 1888 “You Press the Button, We Do the Rest ‘, reinterpreted in digital and social networks is quite current. The result is an extraordinary flood of images that can only be considered as a kind of society, but that adds nothing to the growth of the photographic language. In all this, the most followed will always be those who have something to say, that explore a story.
And at last, we find ourselves at home with tons of gigabytes of photos and video material.
The photo archive is like a basement; there will always be opportunities to uncork a good bottle and other old shots to contemplate a trip with friends. Memorize all I would say that it is also a good way to deal with the very latest images, compare progress and grow photographically. By now you print a little, but the reality is that a holiday album still has that enchantment that no tablet will never be forgotten.