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This sounds silly and inconsequential, but I think truly — the future is digital.

1. Death of film

I love film photography, but life post-COVID … will we really want to shoot film?

For example, I know that because of COVID, I am hyper-anxious about touching … well, anything. I don’t like touching surfaces anymore. And considering I don’t develop and process my own film, how comfortable am I sending out my film to get processed?

Maybe I can still send out my film to get processed — I just ask them not to send me back the negatives. Maybe I can shoot film, send it to them process it for me, and then upload it to the cloud, then share the digital JPEG scans with me. But considering that a lot of in-store film stores are now closed, it seems most practical to just stick with digital photography.

Truth be told, I think film photos look superior to digital photos in terms of aesthetics, but ultimately — convenience will always triumph over aesthetics.

2. The future is video

Ultimately we will prefer videos over photos. Why? Videos have more fidelity. There is a reason there are billion+ dollar grossing films, and not billion dollar+ grossing photos.

Videos are more accessible and ‘real’. Most people who talk to me say:

ERIC — I love your YouTube videos!

I almost never get anyone say:

I love your blog!

Most people will prefer to watch videos than read text. Why? Videos are more intimate, personal. You got sound, video, movement, etc. It transports you more than still photos and just text!

3. Digital video makes more sense

This is one thing I am fortunate about video — I was born at a time where video only made sense digitally. I never got suckered by getting into “super 8” film and 8mm film, and other hipster stuff like that. I really like the film grain aesthetic of old-school 35mm-recorded films (like CASINO or Godfather), but modern films shot with RED cameras look just as beautiful!

Even with me, I love my Lumix G9, and shooting 4K at 60fps. It looks beautiful to me!

4. Digital purchases

I think more and more — the future economy will be digital. For example, the App Store for iPad/iPhone — these apps are digital!

With streaming services, the content is all digitally-streamed (also Spotify and music streaming). We also can buy movies on Amazon and rent them. I wonder if COVID is the last nail in the coffin for in-person theaters.

A less material society

5. Digital experiences?

Me working from home — my “home office” [how I am so productive from home]

A new frontier–

Digital experiences?

What would a digital experience look like? Perhaps a combination of live-streaming, or online workshops/seminars.

Anyways — it is a brave new world for us photographers. Let us profit from the chaos, and not bemoan the downsides!

ERIC


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