Monday, January 07, 2013

... not this time around...

In several earlier posts I suggested it would be very interesting to see Samsung take it's NX mirrorless camera series and see them layer the Android OS on top of the normal camera functions.  Well, the next-gen Samsung is announced and there is no mention of the Android OS.

As you'll recall, I feel it would be very interesting to see a large sensored image maker introduced with the ability to run "creativity apps" right there on the camera.  Such a system could eliminate the need for a computer to process images and, at the same time, allow better than iPhone quality images to be created and posted to the 'net in near real-time.

I have been of the thought that if photography has become the primary means of sharing experiences as they happen, why not speed up the creativity process too?  After all, some people's creativity flows more like a continual stream of ideas and exploration.  Not all art takes time to layer each and every brush stroke, nor does it take a hammer and chisel years of delicate work to create objects of ever lasting beauty.

Re-reading a recent journal of photography in French, I stumbled on something interesting.

It seems that Canon's new low-ish cost 6D full-frame DSLR comes complete with integrated GPS and WiFi.  While I can certainly do without the GPS, the WiFi feature could prove useful.

For example, I have in my mind's eye a series of images of still life worked in a manner of early 20th century platinum or late 19th century wet-plate collodion.  If I had a camera connected to a local area network (LAN), I could make an image, pass it to the computer as the scene is captured, turn immediately to the computer to manipulate the scene, and after expressing what I "see" from an artistic perspective, work could be shared to Flickr or Picasa or Facebook.  All in a matter of a few moments.

Not everyone will feel the need for such speed in creativity.  In fact, I many times feel that some people judge work as "valuable" only if it takes a long time and a lot of physical effort to create.  I hear this sometimes from artists themselves who work in oil paint, stone or metal sculpture, or photographers who use early image making processes.

Perhaps we have yet another opportunity to free ourselves from the confines of ideas and cultural frameworks of our own creation?  A new world of creative possibilities is opening right before our eyes.

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