Thursday, January 31, 2013

Travel Bug

There is no question that we live in a changing world.

I have been thinking of the world of photography lately as an example of this. I once dreamed of being a travel photographer.

When I was in school, I looked at the brochures in the travel agency that was in the mall and was amazed that someone with a camera was paid to go to the most beautiful places in the world and photograph them. Even at 10 or 11 years-old, I had to ask why it shouldn’t be me that was being paid to take those trips.

Today, thanks to technology and social media, I think that the real-world viability of travel photography is in serious jeopardy. Everyone has a good digital camera these days. Most are point-and-shoot models, some are entry level DSLR type cameras that Canon and Nikon have made so readily affordable, and there are even a few mid-grade and pro-level cameras being toted around by average people.

Even the people that don’t have cameras, have phones.

I hate to say that I took a 35 pound camera bag on vacation with me in January, and the best photo that I took was with my iPhone and a $0.99 app to add a little contrast.

I have spent the last 20 years carrying a big camera around, taking pictures of some of the craziest things, challenging myself to do better and better with each roll of film, and then in recent years with each memory card.

I am a very VERY long way from what I would call a “Photographer,” but I’ve put a lot of time and effort into learning the skills that I have. And in that one single moment when I saw a photo worthy of any travel brochure out there come from my phone, that any kid could have taken, I realized that our world, and the way we must think about it, has certainly changed!

Even if you get very few quality images, think of the incredible number of people running around with camera phones and digital cameras, shoot, just look at Facebook for 5 minutes and see the number of images that are being shared there. Then realize that you’re not even seeing a drop in the bucket of what’s being produced every day.

There are millions, if not billions of images being created EVERY day, and some are of spectacular travel destinations.

I hope that you enjoy stopping into BKB and seeing the world through my crazy eye, and I hope you are making some great images!

Have a great week!



Anonymous said...

Thanks BK, you just convinced me to sell all of my camera equipment and upgrade my phone!!!

The Pirate Mommy said...

My latest fascination is with mobile photography and the ever shrinking world. It's endlessly amazing to me the types of images we can create via digital media and the speed at which we can share our vision with our peers, our family, and that creepy guy that sat across from you in 11th grade geometry.

That said, I can't give up Lucille (My Nikon D300), at least not for travel. I love the possibility of blowing my favorite images up, and blowing them up BIG, tweaking a little here and there to make the image match my memory. And by now I've figured out how to make the camera bag I bought SPECIFICALLY for the gear it could hold and how well it fit underneath the airline seat in front of me manage to hold at least one change of clothes.

Mobile photography IS bringing the world closer though, as people who never would have taken pictures are, and in vast quantities. Not a bad thing at all, I think. Lets us dream a little more vividly :)

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