Multimediaography: it’s coming

Much has been said about the convergence of still photography and video but the only thing we know for sure is that things are about to change. The guys at TWIP http://twipphoto.com/archives/category/audio-podcast had an interesting look into this topic in podcast #83 “The Looming Convergence”. Photographers have already morphed into multimediaographers in areas such as foreign news coverage where travel expenses are a key consideration. This is not limited to foreign coverage as domestic print organizations are expanding their offerings with multi-media as well, a compendium of which can be found here http://www.kobreguide.com/. The Luminous Landscape http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/convergence.shtml has a lengthy discussion on convergence as well.  ProLost goes further http://prolost.com/blog/2009/3/25/attention-canon-nikon-video-dslrs-are-not-for-who-you-think.html  “…don’t let gear define what you are. Do what you love. Cameras are cheap…”

My own thinking is that as new technology emerges users find unanticipated uses for it. Twitter wasn’t necessarily developed as a solution but it tipped in record time going from the fringe to mainstream in a little more than two years. No one was sitting around lamenting the fact that there was no Twitter…it happened and people figured out creative uses for it. 

 As more camera makers include video capability on high end DSLR’s I expect something unanticipated to emerge in the space between still photography and video. Maybe it has already.

kep

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~ by keithphilpott on April 1, 2009.

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