Photokina 2018 - What To Expect?

 South Entrance 2012.

South Entrance 2012.

Photokina 2018 is around the corner. This year its going to be from 26th to 29th of September. A day shorter than previous years. Photokina 2018 is also going to be the last one that is held in fall. next one is already next spring, in May 2019. An now on Photokina will be every year.

The idea behind the schedule change is the change of the market. A quote from a press release from 23rd of May 2017 :

"The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.”

The industry is much more than just the gear. Even though the industry still have giants the times when Kodak had a whole hall in the Cologne Fair Center is gone. The biggest camera manufacturers are the companies that make phones, like Apple and Samsung for example. The way we use photographs has changed a lot from the days of Kodak and film. I think Photokina just has to change. Big launches are mainly made before the fair. But of course those new products are displayed in Photokina for the first time. That attracts public.

Social media is a big part of photography nowadays and that is propably seen also in Photokina.

Its going to be interesting to see how the exhibitors and public will react on this change.

I made a video about my expectations and what I see to be interesting for me personally in the upcoming Photokina 2018. If you find this video worth watching, give it the thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.



Top 5 innovations in photography

In my latest video I list the top 5 innovations in photography that has changed photography and the world.

Innovations are interesting and there has been a quite a few of them. Not all innovations has changed very much and some has changed everything.

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Can AI replace photographers?

Google Clips is small camera that uses AI to determine when to take pictures and in some cases about what. It is a small camera that can placed almost anywhere and it automatically takes photos of what it considers to be worth a photograph. Of course it does not move and it has to be placed. Clips then decide when to the photo. I understand that it likes movement. So if something moves in front of it, it snaps a photo. It also snaps a photo when a face comes close enough etc. It can recognise the faces that are those ones that are mostly saved on your smartphone from Clips. So it takes more photos of your kids than strangers. I have not used or seen Clip, but that is the basic concept I found out when I read about it. 


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The interesting question is: Can it replace a photographer? Without seeing the Clips in action I would say no. Even though AI is getting better and better it is not capable of making all the decisions that photographer makes when making photographs, yet. As photographer Ben Long said "The act of photography is the act of expression," (quote from CNN:s article about Clips). So it would be an act of expression of the one that wrote the algorithm, not the photographers.

Even though AI is not near? of getting to be on the level of a experienced photographer, it might be good enough for a common snapper. Clips might be able to take better photos than an average snapper. If placed correctly it can record images that might be good enough from a dinner party for example. Few Clips placed around the table might catch those images that can be used as memories from that party. Most likely it still cannot catch the decisive moment, but on the other hand how many snappers can?

The problem with AI for now is that it can most likely take photos that are taken by the common "rules" of photography. But that is just the start from where a photographer begins to make the image. Very seldom photographs that follow every rule of photography are interesting. The interesting and "a good" photographs are the ones where the "rules" have been broken. There is some creative element in the photograph that the photographer has put in the photo. So far AI cannot do that. But we never know when that is going to happen. Most likely the next step is collabaration between AI and photographers to get better images.

The link to the article from CNN that inspired me to blog about Clips and AI.


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