The future of photography – More beautiful pictures with less effort




The term ‘photography’ is slowly changing, for what is still a pure picture? The photographer is the author or the camera? In principle, of course, the photographer, but whether that ten years is still so, is the question. This development began with the introduction of digital photography. You had to wait a similar roll of film two days before you could see your photos with a digital camera, you can immediately see the result. The result is that the percentage of successful shots is decreased in each case in potency. Because you can immediately see if the lighting is not right and if a picture is blurred. The use of raw, optical image stabilization and in-camera editing contribute to a successful photo.


The latter, photo editing in the camera, is becoming increasingly important. Manufacturers are working lens errors and biases vignetting increasingly software-road so that hardly can be seen in the jpegs. The raws they obviously still visible, but also software like Lightroom and Photoshop is now standard with lens profiles that irregularities are corrected. At the same time, more and more intelligent noise reduction algorithms developed. Noise is not eliminated integral but addressed locally. Areas of high contrast, such as bright lights in the dark, to be left alone so they do not lose their sharpness and detail. Dark areas where noise is most visible, by contrast, considerably softened and color noise falls away here because the color saturation is reduced.

The same trend is seen in smartphones. Indeed, because nowadays more pictures are taken with a smartphone than with a regular camera, this category is becoming increasingly important. Smartphones also have a lot of power, thanks to processors with multiple cores and high clock frequencies. That power can be used to correct lens errors, enhance photos and create a large number of pictures in burst and then select the best. In addition, the use of it is HDR nowadays almost standard and is often applied automatically.

There is, however, more to be done on photo and video area. What do cameras today to present the best possible picture and what developments can be expected for the near future?



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