Photography continues to change with the technology; higher megapixels, mirrorless cameras, digital video/still from one camera, camera phones, and cameras on tablet computers. Computers which are smaller and thinner and resemble those from Star Trek. The changes are occurring more rapidly now, within 6-8 months rather than years. While this rapid change is good on giving the consumer and professional more options and advancements, there remain concerns. Will the technology advances and changes make some images created a year or two ago harder to save, transfer, and print on newer CDs, DVDs, printers, or newer devices?
As the technology changes it seems there is a need to often update the computer, the software, the storage devices, and the camera. Will the updates be without risk of bugs or viruses? Will the newer computers, cameras, CDs, DVDs, hard drives, flash drives easily accept “older” versions of files? The answers seem to vary depending on which magazine and article you read these days. Those who use and write about Macs will give their own experiences about the computer and software. Those using and writing about Windows (or Linux, or other non Apple) software will give their discussion about their esperiences. I have used mainly Windows and have read about Macs and other Apple products recently. I won’t debate the differences in this post.
This blog entry was written to share some hope that the photography and computer manufacturers will continue to keep quality and compatability in mind when making new advancements. I would much rather have quality, compatible software and hardware; rather than quickly rushed products. I am sure many of those buying cameras, computers, and software share this hope. It is a challenge for me to spend hours and more money to update everything too often.
I also hope the two industries will discuss and consider a standard for future computers and storage devices which will read current file formats. There could become a point when the advances occur to quickly and images could be lost in the updates and transfers. Any loss of images could be tremendously costly for many photographers; financial for the pros, sentimental for the hobbyist or family photographer.
I sincerely hope the technological advances will slow and stabilize for a while, allowing photographers to spend more time behind the camera capturing the images. What do you think? Should the technology continue to change as quickly, or slow down and stabilize for a few years?