I don't see declining camera sales as a threat to our future.
Yes cameras on smartphones have replaced or will replace cameras for most
people. But with all due respect, are we interested in pictures from most
people? Or do we prefer pictures from people who consider photography to be
one of their hobbies?
Of course there will be occasions when the only photo available is one
taken on a smartphone, but that brings up another trend, cameras on
smartphones are much much better now than they were twenty years ago..
Somewhere I have pictures I took on a camera watch 20 years ago, I very
much doubt any of them would be worth putting on Commons even if I could
find them. Modern smartphones and tablets have much better cameras than the
smartphones of a couple of digital generations ago, who knows how good
digital cameras on smartphones will be in the future.
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1. threat to future (Gnangarra)
2. Re: threat to future (Lionel Allorge)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:51:11 +0800
From: Gnangarra <gnangarra(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Commons Discussion List <commons-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: [Commons-l] threat to future
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I read this
interest and some trepidation.
Reading this we face two issues;
- the good issue in that the potential for more immediate smart phone
uploads of events and the use of gps located photo needed will be be
readily addressed through the adaption and development of app
We should also see a rise in video contributions if we can get a
and widely available formats.
- the bad issue will be a drop in the ability of contributors to provide
high resolution quality images. With the immediacy benefits we'll have a
fall in editing taking place with poor color, lighting, horizons.
Interesting times ahead its something we should as a community consider for
potential impacts and what moves may become necessary. When QI started it
helped to promote the need for quality images even of the mundane. While
this shift may not yet be a disaster its an issue we need to aware of,
watch how it develops, and be prepared to adjust to.
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Out now: A.Gaynor, P. Newman and P. Jennings (eds.), *Never Again:
Reflections on Environmental Responsibility after Roe 8*, UWAP, 2017.