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Convergence, Modern Trends and Relevancy of Photography and the Still Image Today

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Is your photography or still images still relevant today? I showcase some upcoming trends and challenge you to be creative with your photography!

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Convergence, Modern Trends and Relevancy of Photography and the Still Image Today

  1. 1. Convergence, Modern Trends and Relevancy of Photography and the Still Image Todayby Josh Self (@joshself)August 6th 2011, BarCamp 2011
  2. 2. Where has photography been and where is it going?
  3. 3. Where has photography been and where is it going?✤ New trends in photography
  4. 4. Where has photography been and where is it going?✤ New trends in photography✤ Convergence (how photography is merging into new media)
  5. 5. Where has photography been and where is it going?✤ New trends in photography✤ Convergence (how photography is merging into new media)✤ Relevancy of the still image in the modern age
  6. 6. “Photographers deal in thingswhich are continually vanishingand when they have vanishedthere is no contrivance on earthwhich can make them come backagain.”~Henri Cartier-Bresson
  7. 7. “Hyères, France, 1932″~Henri Cartier-Bresson
  8. 8. Behind Saint-Lazare Station, Paris 1932 ~Henri Cartier-Bresson
  9. 9. Some rights reserved. Photo by stevenkamenar
  10. 10. The last roll of Kodachrome slide film was developed lastDecember (2010) by Dwayne’sPhoto, signaling the first death throes of the film age. Some rights reserved. Photo by stevenkamenar
  11. 11. The last roll of Kodachrome slide film was developed lastDecember (2010) by Dwayne’sPhoto, signaling the first death throes of the film age. Kodachrome rewarded generations of skilled users with a richness of color and a unique treatment of light that many photographers described as incomparable even as they shifted to digital cameras.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/us/30film.html Some rights reserved. Photo by stevenkamenar
  12. 12. Steve Hebert for The New York Times
  13. 13. December 30th, 2010 Steve Hebert for The New York Times
  14. 14. New Trends inDigital Photography
  15. 15. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR
  16. 16. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR✤ Non-destructive editing
  17. 17. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR✤ Non-destructive editing✤ 3D photography / 3D motion photography-video
  18. 18. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR✤ Non-destructive editing✤ 3D photography / 3D motion photography-video✤ Vintage style editing
  19. 19. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR✤ Non-destructive editing✤ 3D photography / 3D motion photography-video✤ Vintage style editing✤ Mobile photography apps
  20. 20. New Trends inDigital Photography✤ HDR / single shot HDR✤ Non-destructive editing✤ 3D photography / 3D motion photography-video✤ Vintage style editing✤ Mobile photography apps✤ Cloud storage (Picasa, Eye-Fi cards)
  21. 21. 10 Megapixels declares world peace!
  22. 22. Trends: The 10 megapixel standard
  23. 23. Trends: The 10 megapixel standard✤ high enough resolution for printed images less than 24”x36”
  24. 24. Trends: The 10 megapixel standard✤ high enough resolution for printed images less than 24”x36”✤ anything more is overkill unless you need poster and billboard work done
  25. 25. Trends: The 10 megapixel standard✤ high enough resolution for printed images less than 24”x36”✤ anything more is overkill unless you need poster and billboard work done✤ Example: Canon decided to keep their new G12 at 10 MP and improved more important features like HD video and ease of use.
  26. 26. Trends: HDR
  27. 27. Trends: HDR✤ 3 or more bracketed RAW exposures
  28. 28. Trends: HDR✤ 3 or more bracketed RAW exposures✤ combine in Photoshop or a HDR program
  29. 29. Trends: HDR✤ 3 or more bracketed RAW exposures✤ combine in Photoshop or a HDR program✤ Tone map or fine tune
  30. 30. Trends: HDR✤ 3 or more bracketed RAW exposures✤ combine in Photoshop or a HDR program✤ Tone map or fine tune✤ export to JPG or TIF
  31. 31. Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  32. 32. New Trends inHDR Photography Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  33. 33. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?) Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  34. 34. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?)✤ HDR mobile apps Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  35. 35. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?)✤ HDR mobile apps✤ HDR panoramas Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  36. 36. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?)✤ HDR mobile apps✤ HDR panoramas✤ Infrared HDR Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  37. 37. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?)✤ HDR mobile apps✤ HDR panoramas✤ Infrared HDR✤ HDR Light painting Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr
  38. 38. New Trends inHDR Photography✤ Single shot HDR cameras(coming soon?)✤ HDR mobile apps✤ HDR panoramas✤ Infrared HDR✤ HDR Light painting Some rights reserved by omninate from Flickr✤ Multiplicity with HDR
  39. 39. Non-destructive Editors(Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture)
  40. 40. Trends: Non-destructive Editors
  41. 41. Trends: Non-destructive Editors✤ Non-destructive to the original photo
  42. 42. Trends: Non-destructive Editors✤ Non-destructive to the original photo✤ allows quick test of hundreds of presets and filters
  43. 43. Trends: Non-destructive Editors✤ Non-destructive to the original photo✤ allows quick test of hundreds of presets and filters✤ fast editing workflow
  44. 44. Trends: Non-destructive Editors✤ Non-destructive to the original photo✤ allows quick test of hundreds of presets and filters✤ fast editing workflow✤ batch synch
  45. 45. Trends: Non-destructive Editors✤ Non-destructive to the original photo✤ allows quick test of hundreds of presets and filters✤ fast editing workflow✤ batch synch✤ efficient key wording and cataloging for quick retrieval
  46. 46. Trends: Vintage Style
  47. 47. Trends: Vintage Style ✤ Shooting in film
  48. 48. Trends: Vintage Style ✤ Shooting in film ✤ Toy cameras, Holga, antique cameras
  49. 49. Trends: Vintage Style ✤ Shooting in film ✤ Toy cameras, Holga, antique cameras ✤ Editing vintage style
  50. 50. Trends: Mobile Photography Apps
  51. 51. Trends: Mobile Photography Apps✤ Retro Camera for Android
  52. 52. Trends: Mobile Photography Apps✤ Retro Camera for Android
  53. 53. Trends: Cloud Storage
  54. 54. Trends: Cloud Storage✤ Picassa
  55. 55. Trends: Cloud Storage✤ Picassa✤ Dropbox
  56. 56. Trends: Cloud Storage✤ Picassa✤ Dropbox✤ iCloud (coming soon)
  57. 57. Trends: Cloud Storage✤ Picassa✤ Dropbox✤ iCloud (coming soon)✤ Eye-Fi SD cards
  58. 58. Trends: 3D✤ HD 3D photography (for viewing on newer 3D HD TVs)✤ 3D video motion stills (using motion effects and 3D modeling)✤ Magic Pictures Videohttp://www.erik-lauritzen.com/lbh.mov
  59. 59. Convergence in photography
  60. 60. Convergence in photographyconvergeverb [ intrans. ](of several people or things) come together from different directions so as eventually tomeet
  61. 61. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making
  62. 62. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?
  63. 63. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?✤ Full 1080p HD video
  64. 64. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?✤ Full 1080p HD video✤ Interchangeable lenses
  65. 65. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?✤ Full 1080p HD video✤ Interchangeable lenses✤ Large selection of custom accessories (stedi-cams, monitors, braces, etc.)
  66. 66. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?✤ Full 1080p HD video✤ Interchangeable lenses✤ Large selection of custom accessories (stedi-cams, monitors, braces, etc.)✤ Full scale film production is possible at a fraction of the cost.
  67. 67. Convergence: DSLRs For Film Making✤ What is possible with modern DSLRs?✤ Full 1080p HD video✤ Interchangeable lenses✤ Large selection of custom accessories (stedi-cams, monitors, braces, etc.)✤ Full scale film production is possible at a fraction of the cost.✤ Full movies are already being shot and in production right now!
  68. 68. Canon 7D custom video rig
  69. 69. Convergence: Photoson Home Appliances
  70. 70. Convergence: Photoson Home Appliances✤ Samsung RF4289
  71. 71. Convergence: Photoson Home Appliances✤ Samsung RF4289✤ includes a touch screen and apps for: Picasa photo storage and viewer, Pandora, calendar, Epicurious recipe finder, and Twitter.
  72. 72. Convergence: Photoson Home Appliances✤ Samsung RF4289✤ includes a touch screen and apps for: Picasa photo storage and viewer, Pandora, calendar, Epicurious recipe finder, and Twitter.✤ oh and ice and water in the door...
  73. 73. What is more important than megapixels or trends?
  74. 74. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)
  75. 75. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)✤ Dynamic Range
  76. 76. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)✤ Dynamic Range✤ Low Light Sensitivity and Clarity (sensor noise reduction)
  77. 77. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)✤ Dynamic Range✤ Low Light Sensitivity and Clarity (sensor noise reduction)✤ Ease of use (external knobs and buttons)
  78. 78. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)✤ Dynamic Range✤ Low Light Sensitivity and Clarity (sensor noise reduction)✤ Ease of use (external knobs and buttons)✤ Composition
  79. 79. What is more important than megapixels or trends?✤ Glass (Lenses)✤ Dynamic Range✤ Low Light Sensitivity and Clarity (sensor noise reduction)✤ Ease of use (external knobs and buttons)✤ Composition✤ Good / correct lighting
  80. 80. Relevancy of aStill Image in 2011
  81. 81. Relevancy: What a photo should do
  82. 82. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds
  83. 83. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds✤ Take you into the past and let you see the potential of the future!
  84. 84. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds✤ Take you into the past and let you see the potential of the future!✤ Provoke an emotion in the viewer (good or bad)
  85. 85. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds✤ Take you into the past and let you see the potential of the future!✤ Provoke an emotion in the viewer (good or bad)✤ Tell a story or make a statement (same thing?)
  86. 86. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds✤ Take you into the past and let you see the potential of the future!✤ Provoke an emotion in the viewer (good or bad)✤ Tell a story or make a statement (same thing?)✤ Create art or promote natural beauty
  87. 87. Relevancy: What a photo should do✤ Change hearts and minds✤ Take you into the past and let you see the potential of the future!✤ Provoke an emotion in the viewer (good or bad)✤ Tell a story or make a statement (same thing?)✤ Create art or promote natural beauty✤ Capture a memory that MUST BE preserved
  88. 88. Relevancy: Why Nostalgia Matters
  89. 89. Relevancy: Why Nostalgia Mattersnostalgianouna sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happypersonal associationsfrom Greek nostos ‘return home’ + algos ‘pain.’ OR “the pain from an old wound” Mad Men Video on YouTube
  90. 90. “To send light intothe darkness of mens hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” ~Schumann
  91. 91. “To send light intothe darkness of mens hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” ~SchumannA good photo should provoke emotion,tell a story, create art, promote naturalbeauty or capture a memory that MUST be preserved. If it doesn’t do one of these, a photo isn’t worth having.
  92. 92. How Relevant are your photos? Its up to you to MAKE them relevant!Trends and Convergence are just tools thatyou can use to keep your photos fresh and relevant. But, don’t rely solely on them.Be creative, set yourself apart and develop your own style.
  93. 93. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams
  94. 94. Thanks for listening! www.joshuaselfphotography.com @joshself | suctionhorse@gmail.comPhotographer and Editor for Fotowerks Custom Photography and frequent freelancer.Www.fotowerkscustomphotography.com | Enjoy The Rest Of Barcamp!

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