A Zoom into the Future

 Mélissa Gaboury 

It definitely is a shock to realize that 189 years ago today, the world’s very first photograph was being taken. Within two centuries only, technological devices have evolved so much that the time required to take a single photo went from 10 hours to a split second. The fact that what now fits in the palm of our hands and called a camera used to be an installation occupying the space of an entire room really makes us wonder what photography will be like in the future.

In that perspective, when we think about photography in the past, we automatically think about old black and white pictures. But in the future, what thinking of the past will bring up? According to Nils Lassiter, an ultra-highspeed video camera engineer, people in the future will critic today’s photos of being too ‘’two dimensional’’ , as if the elements in it were abnormally flat. Indeed, Lassiter’s predictions are pretty realistic: presently, researchers are slowly trying to produce new kinds of tridimensional televisions that don’t require the use of classic colored glasses to combine images. Some companies have even already developed a laser-based holographic projection, which displays a picture or a video in the air by sending different images to each eye of the viewer. With all of these amazing innovations in 3D technologies, photography will again evolve in a way we have never seen before.

Then, we obviously can’t approach the subject of photography without mentioning smart phones and other intelligent devices, and as each of them is camera-enhanced, their invasion in our lives has lead photography to be easily accessible to anybody. As a matter of fact, cellphones and tablet computers have become heavily present in our societies, especially today, when going through a day without seeing or hearing from these gadgets is almost impossible. This craze for smart phones has brought companies like Apple and Samsung to compete for the innovation of new phone models with increasingly powerful cameras. At this point, it is appropriate to think that future cellphone cameras will one day surpass the power of high quality digital cameras in terms of megapixel resolution and performance. By the year 2030, photographers will no longer have to lug their massive camera with its case and tripod: they will only have to slip their phone out of their jean pocket to take a high resolution picture. Everybody owning a smart phone will then have access to professional photography.

Finally, according to some researchers, by 2060, photography will no longer exist as an entertainment, but as a living necessity. Smart lenses with integrated micro cameras will first replace smart phones. Gradually, smart lenses will turn into smart contact lenses, and afterwards, our eyes will end up acting as cameras. Just with the blink of an eye, our bodies will be able to capture any moment of our existence and the pictures will be stocked in our internal memory: our brain.

All in all, the evolution of photography has never stopped, and will never stop. Technological devices advancement will make the possibilities explode in a way that photography will become essential to our living. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years, not only our eyes, but our ears and even our clothes may become smart devices! 



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