So before we talked about what our photography might have looked like if we’d been born a generation older, and you all had plenty to say.
Let’s throw our time machine into forward gear and project to five years from now. What will your photography look like then?
For me, I imagine something like this…
I predict it’s not entirely impossible I’m using just a camera phone.
My processing will likely be a matter of a couple of swipes and taps in my phone for each image.
I’ll use an app like Hipstamatic or Snapseed, which by then I will be as familiar with as the back of my hand.
My storage will be entirely in the cloud.
Again an evolution of my currently thorough but somewhat archaic manual method of having folders for cameras, lenses, dates etc on my MacBook.
I will have let go of obsessive labelling of images.
The only details I’ll have on my photographs – aside from the embedded EXIF I’ll likely ignore anyway – will be the date I took the picture.
I won’t care which camera/film/lens I used, as long as I like the final image and enjoyed making it.
I’ll probably still have my Asahi Spotmatic, a camera I’m too fond of to sell or give away, plus a Super-Takumar 55/1.8 lens.
All other film cameras and lenses will be gone.
My DSLRs will have been moved on too.
I might still have a compact like the Pentax Q and a lens or two, for occasions when I want more than the cameraphone. But mostly it’ll likely be gathering dust along with the Spotmatic.
I’ll edit more ruthlessly than ever, keeping only the very best of my images (by my judgement!).
Overall, the journey I’ve been on through a hundred cameras and twice that many lenses will have wound down to a steady, contented pace.
Simple photography, simple kit, simple processing, simple storage. Simple pleasures.
The hunting of 35hunter will no longer be about searching frantically for the right tools, the perfect camera that doesn’t exist, but almost purely seeking beautiful compositions I can make with them.
This blog itself will have passed 500 posts and still be going strong. With you still reading, still sharing. We’ll be old(er) friends by then.
I’m looking forward to my photographic future. How about you? How will your photography world look five years from now?
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