Is Technology Destroying Photography?

Is technology killing photography?

Warning – you might not like what I have to say.

In this short video, I’ll share my perspective on it and why I believe many view technology as a challenge. I’ll discuss our past, our future, and what I believe is truly unfolding. I’ll also touch on the kind of person I believe will dominate the future of wildlife photography, and it might not be what you expect. I’m eager to hear your thoughts – I think 🙂

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David Pine
10 days ago

Spot on.

Ray Gawlak
11 days ago

There is art in photography and if advances in photo technology make it easier to achieve an artistic image then so be it. As an 84 year old senior (retired) I wish digital had come along much sooner. In the “early” days photographing weddings involved 12 exposure rolls and #5 flashbulbs shorting out and firing in your hand at seveal thousnad degrees, a real fun time. Great photographers (Ernst Haas, Ansel Adams, Eugene Smith, et al) all created memorable, artistic images. An artistic photographer of our time just has an easier go at producing fine images but that doesn’t negate… Read more »

John Kuhlman
John Kuhlman
11 days ago

You said I might not like what you have to say. I didn’t, I LOVED it. This philosophy goes way beyond photography.

Bruce Chapman
11 days ago

Agree in part. AI may very well kill off the business of mediocre photographers . By mediocre photographers I mean those who don’t realize that perfect execution of a bad or boring idea is still a bad photograph. AI can only regurgitate what it has been fed therefore any new advances in seeing into the behavior of animals will come from knowledgeable photographers with vision, passion and ingenuity. I believe this to be true in any discipline or genre. The pros will be separated from the joes. Camera technology will increasingly allow good and great thinkers to capture their thoughts.… Read more »

Larry Rudnick
Larry Rudnick
11 days ago

Bravo Steve! You’re right on so many points here. The technology is not going away and the key is to learn to use the tech to allow us to make photos that please us, without the necessity to spend too much time to get the technical aspects of a particular shot right. I remember reading a story about how Eliot Porter made a shot of a Black Skimmer doing its “thing” across the water. If I remember right, he had to pre-focus on a spot in the lake he hoped the bird would pass and then hope it would. The… Read more »

Jimmy Holland
Jimmy Holland
11 days ago

I started in photography in 1963 and am an old guy who appreciates artistic skill in creating the image. My issues with todays “photographers” is that many are artists (using PS, LR, etc) but not necessarily photographers but all photographers are artists if they create keepers as you say. If you have to use an enhancement program to add/substract to ALL your images , then I believe you are an artist, but not a photographer. Great photographers see the artistic image when they create it. Yes, they do enhance the image, but not to the point of adding the moon,… Read more »

Debbie Wallace
11 days ago

I think you are spot on! People need to better embrace change and figure out how best to incorporate it into their life