Where the Photography Industry is Heading for 2014

November 19, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Technique | 4 Comments | |
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Wow, 2013… where on earth are you racing off to?

Given that 2014 is already within spitting distance (though we’re still not talking about Christmas shopping), we figured it’d be a good time to take a look at what lies ahead for photography in the coming year.

It goes without saying that these are educated guesses at best, but either way it’s good fun to speculate and we’d be confident enough to put money on the following predictions coming to pass (probably.) As always, we’d love to hear from you, so do let us know your own predictions and thoughts in the comments below.

Greater Focus on Color Management

Last year, Bloomsberg reported on a well-publicized study which suggested that the average US household had as many as five internet-ready devices, and some had up to fifteen. Naturally not all of these will be considered to be image capturing devices, but whatever the number, it’s clear that the days of a family only owning one camera are long since gone.

Where the Photography Industry is Heading for 2014

It’s now not unusual for people to leave the house with a smart phone, tablet and a separate camera. A follow on from this is that amateur photographers are seeing their work on an increasing number of devices, and this has brought a more widespread focus to the importance of color management.

As a result, color management devices and software – once priced solely for the serious or working photographer – is now being sought after by… well, just about everyone. This growing demand from the bottom end of the market has already galvanized developers, and we expect the amount of options (and lower price points) to only increase in 2014.

iPhonography (and Androidography?)

We don’t want to linger too long on this point since the continued trend is an apparent one, but the rise of services like Instagram and the ability for anyone to shoot HD photos and footage on the fly has a large knock on effect (as we’ll discuss in the next few points).

The era of the smart phone hasn’t peaked yet, and nor is it likely to over the course of next year. Will a phone ever match a dedicated DSLR in terms of quality? Probably not, but technology only marches one way – onwards – and every year they become more advanced and, ultimately, more widely-owned.

Weirder And Wonderful(er)

The prolific nature of photography these days has been met with a lot of derision amongst professional photographers. Do people really need to take (multiple) photos of everything? Why is the worth of an image measured by how much it’s ‘shared’? Has the grand sum of technological advancement really culminated in Selfies at Funerals?

They’re all good questions, of course, and perhaps worthy of discussion in another post. But ultimately, there’s nothing anyone can do to change the way photography is moving into 2014, and there are a number of net benefits that many detractors usually gloss over.

Putting aside the fact that nobody should dictate to anyone else how they should enjoy or practice photography, there is some great work coming from the iPhonography camp.

Where the Photography Industry is Heading for 2014

13th Century Church, Margaret Island, Budapest (taken on an iPhone 5)

Again, this is of no surprise given that not only are smart phones getting better and better, but so is app technology – there are some genius apps which recreate tricky effects such as digital infrared, and the developer market is keen to push the limits of the medium in as many different directions as possible. In the hands of users, this tech is creating fascinating results and we’re looking forward to see how this snowballs going into next year.

In a nutshell, all this new blood is rejuvenating the industry. Open-endedness and increased accessibility to the craft has and will lead to more innovation, much as it has within the recently evolving music industry.

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#1 Sam W

Maybe not in 2014, but we’ll see a DSLR that can makes calls.

1:13 pm - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#2 Bartek Dziedzic

Maybe we will have a new DSLR with better dynamic range, or cheap digital medium format

10:30 am - Thursday, November 21, 2013

#3 Jeff Allen

iPads etc need a lot more internal storage than they currently have for photographers its easy to fill-up 32GB or even 64GB and cloud is not always the solution.

Lightroom for tablet would be cool

4:25 pm - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

#4 steve finnell

Why do men accept the Scriptures about John’s Baptism but reject the Scriptures concerning New Covenant baptism?


Matthew 3:13-15….14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me? 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. (NKJV)

Matthew 3:13-15…....15 Jesus answered him, “This is the way it has to be now. This is the proper way to do everything that God requires of us.” Then John gave in to him. (God’s Word-Translation)

Jesus was required to be baptized in water by John the Baptist in order to fulfill all righteousness. Had Jesus rejected John’s baptism He would have been disqualified as a perfect sacrifice for mankind. Jesus was without sin, however, He still had to do all that God required Him to do.

You will notice Jesus did not say I was baptized by John as a simple act of obedience, but it really was not essential in order for me to fulfill all righteousness.

Luke 7:29-30 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God for themselves not having been baptized by him. (NKJV)

Luke 7:29-30 And all who heard John preach—-even the most wicked of them—-agreed that God’s requirements were right, and they were baptized by him. 30 All, that is, except the Pharisees and teachers of Moses’ Law. They rejected God’s plan for them and refused John’s baptism. (The Living Bible—Paraphrased)

When men today claim that Christian water baptism is either not essential to salvation or they outright refused to be immersed in water, are they rejecting God’s counsel? Are they rejecting God’s required for forgiveness of their sins?

Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.(NKJV)

Why do men believe that John the Baptist baptized in water   for the remission of sins and then disbelieve the apostle Peter when he told the three thousands, (Who were baptized under the New Covenant) to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins? (Acts 2:38)

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee the wrath to come.(NKJV)

John the baptist said men have to be baptized to escape the wrath of God. Men today say Christian baptism is simply a way to demonstrate their faith.

Why do men believe what God said about the baptism of John and rejected what God said about New Covenant baptism.


1. Mark 16:16 ....and is baptized will be saved…(NKJV)

2. Acts 2:38…be baptized…for the remission of sin…(NKJV)

3. Acts 22:16…Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins…(NKJV)

4. 1 Peter 3:21 ..which now saves us, namely baptism..(NKJV)

5. Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (NKJV)

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3:52 pm - Saturday, June 21, 2014