1. DSLR/MovieCameras, Stills from Movies, 4k Industry standard:
After the class discussion, i feel that digital SLR cameras are going too far towards being movie cameras and not focussing as much on the original end user of the photographer, also ISO resolution chasing and stuffing so many megapixels into a camera can be detrimental to the overall image quality due to pixel bleed and shake whilst hand holding a camera.
2. ISO versus Flash, Is this the end for flash?
I dont think this is the end for flash with the increase of ISO ranges as some photographs in a studio setting require flash to gain an effect for the finished photo whereas with just an increased ISO this would not be possible, also with the advances in high ISO technology, I think it is a shame that camera companies do not try and work the other way on the sensitivity and produce cameras that could match film more and have a native ISO of lower than 100 rather than having to use exposure compensation to mimic a photograph at ISO50.
3. Light field cameras, Lytro etc. Flash in the pan?
With light field cameras and the original pricing of these in the thousands of pounds a year or two ago and the second hand prices these days it is to me as though these are an idea that did not come off as yet, maybe it is an idea that was ahead of its time and will come back again in future years when technology is able to make smaller versions able to fit into mobile phones.
4. Print labs, what is the future for paper photographs?
With the advant of digital photography i feel that print labs and paper photographs will still have a place in the industry, especially with the use of on street advertising and promotional materials, also a lot of photographers who shoot professionally will use a lab for sending finished printed photographs through to clients as part of a service they provide, paper photos also still have a place for me as an image on a screen is just that and a photograph only becomes once it is committed to paper.
5. The ‘Impossible’ project https://www.the-impossible-project.com/
The impossible project, previously known as polaroid cameras and film i feel is a retro fad that wont last long this time due to the excessive cost of film per pack and the quality of images from the cameras.
6. Which film formats will survive?
within the film industry both 35mm and 120 film is still widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, I think both of these formats will both survive as long as people use and continue to demand a market for these
7. What is the next level for smartphone cameras?
Smartphone cameras are taking over from mainstream photography and will continue to do so as the quality and technology develops further in this area, already there are phone cameras allowing users to save files as RAW images which was once limited to just high end cameras and DSLR users! also sensor and lens technology is growing in this area and more is able to be done with these and swoftware programmed in to produce professional looking images with one click of a button.