Is Photography Dead? The Mobile Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It seems like only yesterday that I was taking my camera film to the store to be developed. Then I would return a few days later to discover that I had messed up a lot of the photos with heads missing, people cut in half, badly lit rooms, red eyes making people look like vampires….and I would end up cursing the amount of money I had just spent getting the roll of film developed.

But then digital cameras came along and with it came the ability to take a photo and immediately delete it if you didn’t like it. If you did like it, you could upload it to your computer, the Internet, or print it out on photo paper for your granny to put on her mantelpiece. And now digital cameras have been unsurped themselves from the top position by smartphones, which would be considered a serious deficit if it didn’t come with its own built-in camera.

Now everyone is snapping away like crazy, adding their own filters and uploading to places like Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr. It seems as if there’s nothing in the world which hasn’t been snapped, tagged, filtered, commented upon, catalogued, pored over, zoomed in on, geotagged, and God knows what else.

Our infographic today, courtesy of Overgram.co is about the “mobile phone explosion”, from the very first days of photography, to the Kodak cameras, and finally to the Internet making photography something that anyone can try out, without the need for expensive equipment.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the infographic.  Also, what was the first camera you ever owned? Do you still use it? Do you now use a digital camera or have you caved to the smartphone camera craze?

Infographic Source: Overgram.co
Image Source: Old Camera via Shutterstock

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Comments (20)
  • Charles Yost

    I still have one of those cameras. I think that you can still buy film for it on eBay. Oh Polaroid, we had some good times shaking together.

  • A. Zeid

    wow! what a fine info-graphic !

  • Brandon Lockaby

    I don’t care what others say, but Film will always remain superior to digital. Better picture, plus no ‘digital noise’ on a film shot.

  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I think there’s a distinct feeling taking your negatives to be developed and be amazed by the results (whether you’re a good or bad photographer). It’s a nice surprise and the cost actually make us selective and aim to be better. Nowadays, along with the boom of digital photography we can see half-decent photos produced every day, even those by the lines of ‘spot on my wall’,’blemish on my face’, ‘toys I want’ etc, things that were considered to be unworthy to be photographed years before.
    From that alone we can conclude, photography has not died. The medium changed, the philosophy changed, but it still stands tall, because everyone like their moments to be frozen in a frame.
    It’s just more accessible to layman. However, no matter how cheap hard drive these days, if I really like certain photos, I’d print them and put them on photo album, because digital data isn’t reliable for archival purpose.

  • Algie St. Cyr

    When I was 12 years old I depeloped my own film and made contact prints from negatives. I joined a local camera club, which we called the Click Club. We had local professional photographers in it also. They gave advice and information to us. That was real photography. With the advent of digital photography I think real photography died. Most people don’t know what a darkroom is, other than it is a room that is dark. The same thing happened to Ham radio. I am a Ham and most people think it is Citizens Band and don’t know what Morse code is. Progress forgets a lot and neglects too much.

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