People yearn to get their dream job done quickly. But will the window of opportunity still exist?
The window to becoming a photographer is closing quickly unless you work hard to master the basics and your future niche. Let me explain.
What the future holds
Technology is changing at a frightening pace. One day we enjoyed having physical logs and cars to drive. But now we prefer to read news online through our phone and cars learn to drive by themselves.
The same also happens in the photography industry. Low-light photography – which used to be a specialized feature – is now standard in many smartphones. Although the quality may differ for each price range, it shows how advanced the gadgets have become.
Portrait modes are also starting to become common in smartphones. Remember the creamy bokeh look that could only be created with a specific lens and combination of focal length and apertures? Yes, phones are now able to automatically recognize and determine faces to create “bokeh” photos.
Given enough time, I guarantee that the usual expensive features that were limited to expensive cameras will become mainstream. So if you’ve invested in gear more than skills, stop. Now is the time to turn around and focus on your skills (but don’t throw away the gear, of course).
Start to master the basics of photography and expand your knowledge in other popular/exciting fields! Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, spread them out. If one goes down, you’ll still have a decent backup plan.
What the future will still need
Now we know what the future holds. We know that equipment will not be the biggest obstacle to our career development. With one less fear in the way, let’s focus on what you can do. Something captivating, engaging and intriguing.
When one door closes, another opens wide for us. Technology has introduced us to immersive photography, the rise of analog cameras, the significant involvement of AI to improve shots and much more.
For a quick taste of what the future holds, let me walk you through two of my favorite technologies.
3D technology is both new and exciting. It has proven to break down the two-dimensional walls present in photography. Now people have the ability to make three-dimensional models. You can see these models from a 360° angle, which is very clear.
Imagine looking at the boots you wanted to buy with this technology. Not only can it be rotated and viewed from any angle, you can even see the small details inside. Museums, artists and many people in between are also using this technology to their advantage.
Creating a free or paid immersive experience for customers around the world is a great way to get exposure. Will there be a nostalgic photo you can browse and relive? Well, in time, I’m sure there will be.
Game-Changing Artificial Intelligence
What AI will have to do with photography might not be immediately obvious, but it will definitely improve your workflow. Not a little, but a lot.
Imagine the AI automatically selecting the best photos for you from your 200 burst shots. Not only will this save you time sorting out the best of these, but it will also save you more time for post-production afterwards!
AI is also inside your smartphone and cameras. They can automatically preset your phone based on your current needs to automatically look better! Although technology does not allow us to do this now, it will happen in the future.
If you’re wondering what would take your workflow to the next level, AI will be your answer.
The future holds an exciting path for photography. Equipment will be less of a game-changer, putting more emphasis on skills and understanding, accompanied by the rise of new technologies to improve our workflow.
New content creation techniques to support our photography business, such as creating videos, will also be more prominent.
We need to keep up with the current situation to thrive there. We must work hard and efficiently to survive in the future.