A sneak peak inside the studio of the future
By Tom Wujec
1. DIGITAL CAMERAS
If sensor resolution continues to double every 18 months, the camera of 2020 will capture giga-pixel images instantly with enough detail to easily fill a 10 x 10-foot print.
2. LIQUID LENSES
Emerging technology will focus magnetic fields through a solution of oil and water, shaping it into a remarkably sharp liquid lens worthy of those billion pixels.
3. PLENOPTIC SENSORS
When photo sensors are stacked in layered sheets, they capture images on several focal planes simultaneously. And when processed together, the focus and depth of field of the composite can be selected after exposure is made.
4. 3D IMAGE CONSTRUCTION
A combination of GPS and LIDAR technology (similar to RADAR) will extend image manipulation by automatically fabricating 3D digital models, enabling subjects to be relit with virtual lights and shadows after their image is captured.
5. COMPUTER HARDWARE
Computer processors will continue to grow not just in performance, but also in the total number squeezed onto one chip. The 2020 computer will contain hundreds—possibly thousands—of processors operating in parallel to manage the myriad of new image processing and synthesis functions.
6. DISPLAY DEVICES
Today's large LCD monitors will be superseded by even larger multi-touch light tables and light-walls where photos will be manipulated by direct physical interaction, like working with film transparencies on a light table, but with new fluidity and versatility.
7. REAL-TIME COLLABORATION
Seemingly instantaneous connections will tighten the creative loop between art directors, clients and photographers. Shared digital walls will allow teams to visually collaborate at great distances.
Today, most professional photographers spend about 35 percent of their expenses on printer ink. As wide new processes emerge, the cost of print media will dive while quality jumps up.
Source: PDN Gallery PhotoSource