It’s hard to know where to start with my photography predictions for 2013. They cover the industry, technology, and more, and although some of them may be a little bit controversial, I think that most will come true. Even if they don’t come to fruition in 2013, I can see most of these as inevitable.
So, in no particular order, lets get started.
Lytro technology is going to start becoming commonplace, perhaps even in our phones.
For those of you who don’t know, Lytro is a camera where you can take a photo now, and focus later. Something we’ve all wished we could do at one point in time or another. The technology has been around for a few years, but I think 2013 is the year that it’s really going to start to take off.
I might be being a little bit hopeful to think that we may see it in our phones any time soon, but I would put money on the fact that it will get there eventually.
There will be many more DSLR/Compacts like the Canon EOS M.
Any early adopter will tell you this: the first version, albeit exciting and new, is never going to be the best in the world. The Canon EOS M has performed a little bit underwhelmingly, but that’s not to say that there’s no future for it. Lugging around a large DSLR can be a lot of hassle, but worth it for the quality. I think that this style of camera is a compromise that’s going to become more popular throughout 2013.
Flickr is going bye bye.
Flickr have consistently failed to keep up with the times, and focused more on integration than innovation. The interface feels clumsy and out of date, and I personally feel that their current efforts are too little, too late. Put yourself in the show of an amateur photographer, looking to put some photos online. You visit Flickr and 500px. Which looks the most appealing? I think Pinterest will become a more popular network for sharing photos (put the pitchforks down!).
I get that this probably isn’t a very popular opinion, especially with Flickr users, but I haven’t seen much difference since Marissa Mayer came on board.
Film photography is going for a revival.
It’s no secret that film photography is starting to come back a little bit (I guess Instagram has contributed towards that). I spend a lot of time and money in my local lab and vintage camera shop, and there’s one clear message that I’m receiving- sales are up, and the demographic is expanding.
Ilford have recently announced that they’re moving into the disposable camera market with their hugely popular HP5 and XP2, proving that the market for more ‘difficult’ (read: harder to develop at local labs) films is making moves too.
Photography projects will become a ‘big thing’.
With photography becoming so popular with so many people, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to create work that is being noticed. A great remedy for this though is photography projects. They’re interesting, force a more creative approach, and are entertaining for other people to view. You can see a section of projects here.
This is one of my favourite projects, from a man who took polaroids everyday for years, up to, and including the day he died.
Photographers will also become videographers to stay ahead, and camcorders will become a thing of the past.
If you’re good at photography, then videography probably isn’t too much of stretch for you either. It may not be something you’re interested in doing, but it’s becoming increasingly popular, as photographers strive to provide results that their clients’ ‘photographer friend’ can’t do.
Currently, you’ll notice that your camera stops recording videos at the 30 minute mark. This isn’t because of technical limitation, but because of tax reasons. Anything longer than 30 minutes and it’s deemed to be a video camera, and a duty of 5.4% is levied. This may soon become a thing of the past though, and when that happens, camcorders will likely start to become a thing of the past.
With any luck, cameras will include SSD drives, and SD/SF will become a thing of the past.
I don’t know if Canon and Nikon have big stakes in companies like Sandisk, but I sure hope they don’t. I’m not expecting SD or CF cards to disappear any time soon, and I would hope that even when camera manufacturers do include solid state drives in their cameras, that they will still include the option for additional flash storage.
I find it rather surprising that this hasn’t already become commonplace, but hopefully we’re not too far off.
Professional Photojournalism is going the way of the dinosaur.
Photojournalism will always be here to stay, but as a profession, I think it’s becoming a lot less relevant. For obvious reasons. Everyone owns a camera these days, and a relevant photo of something happening now, taken by an amateur on an iphone, is more important than a photo taken after the fact.
Publications no longer have such a strong need for a professional photojournalist, when there’s such a strong supply of photos coming from so many different people, looking to get paid.
I don’t believe that staff photographers at news organisations are going anywhere fast, but for the most part, the profession is on it’s way out.
WiFi, GPS & 4G as standard.
We’ve already started to see WiFi and GPS built into the Canon 6D, and I think that the next step is going to be 4G. 3G was never going to be fast enough, but as 4G has started to be released in the US and UK, and data plans are getting cheaper, it’s not too much of a stretch to think we will see it in cameras one day soon.
I think WiFi and GPS will start to be built into most new DSLR’s by the end of 2013, but 4G may be a little bit further away yet.
iPads/Tablets will have much better integration with cameras.
This would be nice. You can see the market is already heading there, with cameras and tablets talking to each other, but recent advances in camera technology are about to make this much more likely.
The new Canon 6D has built in WiFi, which will talk to a computer/tablet. Think of the power that this could have as technology improves with entry level cameras. Triggering your camera, and watching live view from your iPad, as well as editing and emailing photo to wherever you need it to go.
So how do you think I did? We’ll know for sure in a year’s time. In the mean time, leave me a comment with your predictions.