More photographs are taken everyday and uploaded to social networking sites than were taken in the first 100 years after the invention of photography. To put this into perspective, 200 million photos are uploaded to Facebook everyday, 6bn have been uploaded to Flikr and Instagram exceeded 150m images in less than a year. It’s an eye-watering thought, but when you consider how far photography has come in the last 10 years since the digital revolution took hold, everything begins to make sense.
The best camera is the one you have with you, and these days there are few mobile phones without a half decent camera and access to powerful image editing apps to give photos the wow factor. From user-friendly automated options like Snapseed, to almost professional level editing with Photoshop Touch, is it any surprise that the most popular camera on Flikr is the Apple iPhone 4.
With so many images shot and posted online, viewing just a fraction of these still means we’re exposed to an enormous number of photos. As a self-confessed Instagram addict, I probably view several hundred photos on the app everyday alone. The scrolling interface allows you to swipe your way through the photo feed as fast as an image a second – it’s designed for image consumption. Then there’s facebook, numerous photo websites like 500px, and of course magazines and newspapers. Looking at so many images everyday turns us all into picture editors where only the truly astounding will capture, or deserve, our attention.
For me, this constant stream of quickly consumed, and fast forgotten images has played havoc with my attention span. During a recent trip to London to visit Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery, I found myself giving paintings and photographs just a few seconds of attention before moving onto the next. In the past I would have stood for longer taking in the intricacies of the image in front of me. Have I learned how to ‘read’ an image quicker than before, or has a more disposable approach to viewing taken over?
Here are the details for James Abbott and Ed godden’s next photography workshop – off-camera flash on 31 March 2013. Places are limited to just 6 to ensure the best learning experience and plenty of time to shoot. Contact me at email@example.com for more information and to book your place! Details on the flyer below.
Behind the scenes video for a portrait shoot with James Abbott and model Amber Tutton for Practical photography magazine. Shot on a cold November day in central Cambridge.The video takes a quick look at how exposure compensation can be used to improve exposure when shooting against dark backgrounds.
A candid seaside photo taken at Skegness when I was testing 5 compact system cameras
late in the summer. It wasn’t quite as warm as it looks so this man was really committed to
catching the last few rays to top up his tan. Shot on a Nikon V1.
After making it through to the public voting round to the shortlist of the G-Technology Driven Creativity competition. I’m delighted to have been chosen by the panel of judges to be the professional photography category runner up. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for my photo:)