Yesterday, Your Shot community manager Christina Shorter and I hosted a Q&A on National Geographic’s Women of Impact private Facebook group. Folks within the Your Shot community joined us and asked us awesome questions about our journeys to National Geographic and photography.
A question about the evolution of photography inspired me to write a little more about it. As technology advances in photography, leading to increased accessibility, there is always a question of how oversaturation might affect photography’s impact. This oversaturation is where photo editors become an invaluable asset in story-telling to sort through all of the photography that exists.
There can be a sense of uncertainty for professionals in any field when their job becomes easier for others to do. Despite photography becoming easier to access, Kodak Brownies didn’t destroy the daguerreotype business because people continued to sit for their formal portraits. Instagram didn’t derail professional story-telling, it became a quick tool to share photography. Advancing our technologies is crucial to finding the best ways to tell our stories. There will always be good photography, but how we make it will always be evolving. Could you imagine someone photographing a football game with a daguerreotype? I shudder at the thought.
Photography should be for everyone, no matter what your tool is. One of my favorite things that Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams says is, “the best camera is the one you have with you.” Keep making pictures, however you are able.