By Cameron Eberle
It happens a lot in history: A product comes out, gets old and outdated or a better product comes out, and everyone forgets about the original. Technology is always evolving and improving.
Think back to the last time you used a VHS tape. Some people don’t even know what that is. But what about a product that had been around for more than 200 years?
In 1814, Joseph Nicephore snapped the first photo, and ever since the camera has been constantly evolving into what we know it as today: Our phones.
The most common camera people own is right in their pocket. Just about everyone has a phone and just about every phone has a camera on it, making it easy to take pictures.
Every day we take Snapchats, pictures for Instagram and other social media platforms or just for our own personal collection. So what’s the effect of that?
If everyone can take pictures with their phone, then what’s the point of buying a professional camera unless you’re a professional photographer? People aren’t going to need DSLR cameras or want one when they can just easily take a picture with their phone.
Although there are some negative affects, cell phones having cameras has benefited the world in many ways. Smartphones make it easier to do things like taking pictures to share what’s going on in your life with other people and taking family photos.
Unfortunately though, there are also negative effects. As a result of more and more people using their phones to take pictures, the sales for DSLR cameras are falling rapidly.
Although sales are going down, for professional photographers cameras are here to stay. It is unlikely that people will be doing professional photography with an iPhone, but in the future many people will be doing photography with their phones just like how many people do that now.
Advancing camera technology has benefited photography and hurt it at the same time. For the most part though, smartphone cameras have helped the world today, and they are definitely changing the way people do photography.
Featured image (at top of post) shows how DSLR cameras may become faded like ghosts. PHOTO CREDIT: Cameron Eberle
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