Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Brave New Camera

I predict a time will come in the not-too-distant future when digital cameras will be programmable with custom algorithms that will instruct the shutter to open and close based on input data, taking away the need for a human "cameraman" or "photographer". Not only will the camera auto-focus, and do everything else that it already does now and more, but it will decide when, where and what to photograph without any input from a real person. There will be no need for a human to make individual decisions about the process of taking pictures: the "modern" photog will be a programmer and writer of code first and foremost, and will be a photographer only as a footnote. By this method, algorithms will instruct the camera mechanism pertaining to the demand for specific images, and will collaborate with machines world-wide to fully function much similar to high speed trading on Wall Street, only the "buy and sell" orders will be about the images being produced and distributed throughout the world at lightning speed. A programmer will use algorithms to instruct the mechanism to seek out and capture specific subjects and this will be done at multiple locations simultaneously. All the completed work will have the signature of the programmer, enabling the programmer to be in more than one place at a time. The cameras will produce hundreds of images per second increasing the probability of getting the right photo for the right "trade". Gallery's will be a thing of the past, an anomaly in the creative process.

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