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5 futuristic predictions for action sports photography in 2014

As 2014 kicks off, the Red Bull Illume team peers into the crystal ball and discusses five new trends that could redefine the photography landscape…

Medium-format revolution
All signs are pointing to a new wave – from new Nikon patents to the development of amateur cameras. In order to stay ahead, will it be time to transition to medium format? The larger sensor ultimately offers better image quality than a regular DSLR sensor.

Morphing of video and images
Now that RAW images can be pulled from video, we may see photographers being asked to work with such high-end video cameras as the EPIC RED, where this is possible. It’s not as sharp as a pro-end DSLR yet but it’s getting close. And it may be that some shoots in the future will want to streamline workflow by shooting with one camera that can record video and stills. But we think the DSLR will still be around for a while yet.

3D printing
The 3D printing future has arrived and soon consumers and photography fans may be able to print out their favorite action sports shots in 3D. Perhaps the time has come to look into the possibilities of a 360º booth. Some photographers are already experimenting with this, but so far it seems no one is from the action sports genre.

Spherical photographyWith the recent burst of spherical technology, such as the BUBBL, the Panono cam and the waterproof 360 Geonaute, it seems the appeal of 360 degree images is also on the rise. Is it a fad or is it here to stay?

CGI for commercial images
For photographers who work in the commercial field, the growing trend of creating composite images with CGI is gathering pace. Now is a good time to learn how to use CGI software or start working with digital artists in order to stay up to date.

Über Matthias Soeder

Matthias Soeder, Jahrgang 1971, Nationalität: deutsch