A while back we talked about how your photography might have looked had you been born a generation earlier.
But what if instead we look in the opposite direction – into the future?
Based on how your photography has been evolving in recent months, how do you think your photography will look a year from now?
What subjects do you think you’ll favour capturing? What equipment will you be using?
For me, I predict an incremental change from where I am now, following the simplification trend of the last year or so.
I know that in three months I’ve only really used three cameras.
First, my Lumix GF1 when I want to use my M42 lenses and/or shoot colour straight out of camera.
I have a native 12-32mm (24-64mm in 35mm terms) AF lens which is very light and compact and sharp enough, though it doesn’t focus anywhere near close enough.
Then, my Lumix LX3 for black and white photographs when I want to use a “proper” camera, and not my phone.
Oh and when I want to get much more intimate than the Lumix GF1 and 12-32mm lens allows. Which is most of the time.
And third, well, my phone, for everything else.
This includes family photos, where I don’t need any processing anyway, I just use the perfectly adequate colour images the camera creates.
With both Lumix cameras I’ve set up their on board dynamic monochrome modes so I get b/w images I’m very happy with straight out of camera (SOOC).
The zero processing dream has finally arrived.
The GF1, as I mentioned, gives me colour photos I’m very pleased with straight out of camera now too, after similar experimentation.
I would like to play with the LX3 more to try to recreate similar colours, but I have the feeling it won’t quite be as satisfying, or give me enough control, and I’ll still need to post process with Snapseed for colour.
No great hardship, but I do know that SOOC photography is possible now for me, in both colour and b/w, so naturally I want this with any camera I use.
I still have a small DSLR but haven’t used it in months, perhaps not even this year. I can see that being gone a year from now, along with the only remaining Pentax K lens I have for it, a DA 35/2.4. Fabulous lens, but not great enough to keep a whole other camera for.
My previous beloved M42 lenses I do still enjoy – the likes of the Super Takumar 55/1.8 and Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.4 are objects of beauty, and capable of sumptuous photography.
But when I’ve used them recently it’s just felt a bit of a faff and so bulky, compared with the LX3, or the significantly tinier still Sony L1.
Also, now I’m riding to favourite photowalk destinations by bicycle, I don’t really want camera kit bashing about in either a bag on my back or a pannier bag, so another reason to favour small cameras like the L1 and LX3 that I can tuck safely in a little padded lens bag and then inside my main bag.
As much as I love the romance of film, and the lovely old cameras, there’s just too much against it now for me in terms of convenience and cost to see me shooting film very often, if at all.
So that’s how I think my photography will look in a year from now, as simple and minimal as today, but more so. If that makes sense!
How about you, where do you predict your photography will be 12 months down the line?
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