In my basic photography workshop, I normally talk about the history of photography, how it started and where we are today. I always make it a point that no matter how much technology we put in cameras today, photography never changed. We are talking about the same lighting characteristic experienced in the past and now.
The physics of light never changed and it applies even to artificial light. It’s the same shadows, light reflection and color balance that’s present even before. So what’s changing today? Technology and the method of capturing light is the difference. The artistic side of photography is as hard as a rock, technology will influence it but not so much.
From film we shifted to digital. I think that what we have now is just the tip of the iceberg. It started with a small digital camera then it swallowed the entire camera system forcing major camera manufacturers to shift to digital. Since it’s digital, it soared through the internet space like it was meant to be.
Digital technology strikes a good balance between software and hardware. The configuration between the camera and its internal processing power is what makes the difference. Both the hardware and the software have limitations, but if they can compliment each other, then by design, limitation can be managed.
How can you expect a good image quality coming from a sensor that is 10 times smaller than a regular DSLR? The smartphone camera has the right mix of hardware and software together with its processing power. Now, the smartphone successfully introduced a system using two lenses.
By the power of software, processing the data of two captured images using two different lenses, all happening on the fly, changes the way we capture light. It’s the same light as in the past but captured