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Selfies: The Camera Is Dead, Long Live…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 30, 2015 in Photography |

In theory everyone who takes a self-shot, a selfie, uses a smart phone. That is what the manufacturers want us to believe, and that is what we mostly see out on the streets, in front of tourist sites and near to major catastrophes, fires and traffic accidents. The figures show that camera sales are dropping, whilst smart phone sales continue to rise, but figures can be misleading.

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I suspect that the real reason so many smart phone companies are showing an increase in sales has more to do with their aggressive marketing, the number of new models which come onto the market and, in some cases, the fact that some phones tend to die one or two days after their guarantee runs out. Cameras, on the other hand, are a thing for life.

And so they should be, with prices pushing up into the tens of thousands for the high-end names. No one seems to have come up with the idea of making a camera with a short life expectancy, while smartphones seem to have this built-in to their very soul. Smartphones are the Bladerunner of the photography business.

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Perhaps sales of cameras are merely dropping because they are so well made, because they last considerably longer. Perhaps there are even some of those sales made by smart phone users who want just that little bit more – or a great deal more – and are prepared to learn how to use a real camera rather than relying on the settings of a smart phone and the filters which can be added when uploading to one or another of the social media sites specializing in such images.

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The camera, however, is very far from dead and anyone who wishes to claim that it is on the way out should make sure their words don’t come back and bite them in a few years time. Cameras have reached such a state-of-the-art level that anyone can use them with few difficulties, and not be bothered about whether there is WLAN nearby or their efforts will be interrupted by a quick text message from Mom.

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Cameras also command a great deal more respect. When was the last time that someone wrote an article lambasting the latest trend in tripods? The selfie-stick has a long way to go before it reaches that stage. People tend to wait for you to take your shot when a camera is being used, rather than wander right into the scene you are trying to capture (which can be frustrating if you’re doing street photography), with a smart phone, well, who cares? They might be long-sighted and trying to read a Tweet without glasses.

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What really surprised me while I was considering to write about in my Selfies series, was the number of self-shots I came across featuring cameras. Admittedly not all of them with interchangeable lenses or of a size which requires two hands, but a very large number nonetheless. It is possible to believe that these people, whoever they may be, do not just use their cameras for self-shots in some bathroom mirror.

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If anyone happens to look at the cameras rather than those who are holding them – distractions are always there, but you can tear yourselves away for a moment or two – it is surprising what a range of cameras are being used. Not just that, but some of them require the photographer to focus for themselves! Something you will never find with the average smart phone. These are people, regardless of how they look at first glance, who have more of an interest in photography than just in producing an image for some social network.

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And that is one of the reasons why, even if the number of sales appears to be falling, the real camera is not going to die out any time soon. There are still people who consider a photograph, a memory of something that they have done, a place they have been, as something worthwhile, something worth doing properly. They may well still need thirty or forty shots to get it right, but that makes little difference, they still show enough interest to have the real thing and not simply a flat box with a phone app as additional bonus.

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Perhaps, in the coming years, a few of these camera users will go a stage further and see what they can create with film cameras. You never know, it’s always possible that this upgrading of interests can be brought about by the smallest things, by a budding interest, by the works of those who have already moved into the analogue scene or, dare we say it, never left it in the first place.

Reports of the death of the camera are slightly exaggerated; it is here and it is here to stay.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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