The golden age of digital photography

Rain coming across the bay in the sunshine
A few years ago someone asked how the camera will evolve, what would the next camera look like.  I held up my smart phone, “everyone will have a camera in their pocket and there will be millions more photographs”.  It was just a guess.  I didn’t think it would lead to more great photographs, necessarily, just more photographs.  That was wrong, there are more great photographs.  Digital cameras can do things that film cameras never could.

I  know it’s not about the camera, the camera doesn’t take a great photograph, the photographer does and it’s about having great things happening in front of the camera but not having a camera is no longer the problem.

Just look at what’s happened to the typical SLR that once shot film with manual controls:
Now just about every camera system sold is auto focus with auto exposure. With several auto focus and auto exposure configurations.
1. Two or three digital formats: RAW or TIFF, JPG.
2. Image stabilization or vibration reduction in the camera and/or in the lenses
3. Different color working spaces, sRBG, ProPhoto, Adobe 1998.
4. Excellent Digital Video included
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5.Two viewers, the eye level and the rear screen and many cameras have touch screens.
6. Wireless transfer, GPS tracking,
7. Now the DSLR has shrunk in size and lost the mirror box.
8. In camera noise reduction and sharpening.
9. Built in camera modules that will produce a toy camera effect, or sepia, and there are program modes for difficult lighting situations and presets for portraits and sports.  And even smart phones now have a setting for time lapse, panorama, video and high dynamic range photography.

And on top of this there is post production where anyone can use a computer program that will allow them completely change the look of the photograph.

This has got to be the golden age of the Digital Camera and Digital Photography.