One of the only good things about getting older is that I have gained a lot of perspective.
I never speculate what the future will hold by limiting it to what’s possible now because………when I began studying photography at Brooks Institute in the early 1970’s,
I never would have imagined:
- That I would own a personal computer that would change the way I communicated with people and ran my business.
- There would be the Internet, email and mobile phones.
- There would be auto-focus cameras and lenses.
- Cameras would be fully automated – if you choose to use them that way. When I began my career as a photographer, I needed to be a technician, and that meant understanding aperture and shutter speed and a lot of other things that went into making a still image.
- I would be shooting still images without film.
- I wouldn’t be limited to 36 frames on a roll of film.
- I could change the ISO on my camera, as need be.
- I could change the white balance on my camera, as need be. (No need for different types of film)
- I wouldn’t need to “get it right” in the camera because I could “fix it in post”.
- I could see what I shot – right after I shot it, without waiting for the film to come back from the lab or taking Polaroids.
- There would be data cards and hard drives that are able to store hundreds of thousands of images at affordable prices.
- I could transmit my images digitally and globally with ease and speed.
- I could share my portfolio electronically with virtually anyone, anywhere in the world.
- That still cameras would be able to shoot video.
- That video cameras would be able to shoot at high resolution with fast shutter speeds – good enough to take still images for frame grabs.
- My mobile phone would be able to shoot high res still images and video.
- Magazines and newspapers would publish electronically.
- I would be able to watch a movie in my own home. (without being wealthy enough to build a home theater with an analog projector and sound system). This was before the VCR was invented.
- That feature movies and TV shows (other than soap operas) would be shot in video.
- I would be able to make a feature length film without a Hollywood budget and a big crew.
- I could self-publish and distribute my book or a movie without a publisher or movie studio.
- My TV would have access to the Internet (what’s the Internet?)
- The Internet would give birth to “new networks” producing original content.
- I would be competing and doing business on a global scale – as a small business owner.
A lot of the things I listed seem commonplace now. But, I when I first began my career as a photographer, I never would have imagined any of them – not in my wildest dreams.
What do you imagine the future will bring? There’s one thing for certain, if you limit your imagination to what’s possible now – you probably won’t even come close to what’s in store for the future.