Technology and photography have always been a big part of my life. Being an artsy geek I can appreciate the advancements made in technology in recent years. With todays computing power of 0's and1's I am able to feed my artistic needs and share a little knowledge with fellow photogs. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of capturing mother nature in her finest moments and sharing them with the rest of the world with just a few clicks of a button (camera and computer).
While talking with Intel representatives and bloggers about the recent release of Intel's 3rd Generation Core processor called Ivy Bridge (more info here) we got into a discussion on how technology affects our profession. It was interesting to hear what others had to say and how we differ in what we consider to be adequate tools to get the job done. Stats show that the everyday computer user upgrades on average of every 2-3 years. Then there are the power users and geeks that upgrade every year or as new technology hits the market and of course the die hards that keep their boxes going for 5 or 6 years. Now where do we as photographers fit in. I fall into the category of every 2-3 years, it is always nice to have new technology whether it is a new laptop or camera. Many seem to think that what they have does the job and just put up with the frustrations of slow bootup and processing times. Photographers think first of upgrading their camera and gear before considering a new laptop. As the next generation of photographers out there utilize digital technologies they are realizing the importance of their computers and software in today's digital darkroom. So we see the importance of upgrading our computers is important as upgrading our cameras. We have come a long way in recent years. With the combination of today's technology and a little digital know how it is a lot easier to produce high quality photos and be a player in the game of professional photography.
I put together a list of how technology is used and how it has changed in my world of photography.
21st vs 20th Century Technology
- Instant gratification / reference with large back screens
- Ability to take 100's of photos and not worrying about how much it will cost me to see what I got
- Camera options with Photoshop effects
- Easy to read camera menus and settings
- Lightning fast computers
- True to life color large flat screen monitors
- My personal digital darkroom, no more developing costs and waiting
- Powerful and easy to use software to manipulate photos, from cropping to hdr, there is software to do whatever it is artistically you can image and more
- Social media to share and learn from others
- My own print shop, print photos any time any size
- Internet to sell, promote and run my business
- Business communications and tools
- Ability to work from home
When I take a look at how much I use and rely on technology it is worth the upgrade every few years to keep things running smoothly.
I am curious to know what kind of photographer geek you are, do you have to have the latest and greatest or does your old faithful get the job done. Let me know in a comment down below.
It was a thrill of a life time to be under the stars and northern lights here in NorthWestern Ontario the other night to photograph mother natures amazing light show and thanks to the power of advanced computing technology I am able to share my adventure here today. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did shooting and processing them with my state of the art technology. For more info on northern lights and night photography read my article here http://photopaddler.com/?p=1322