WASHINGTON, DC – Years ago, I used to be a professional photographer. Back then, the standard equipment was a medium format Hasselblad, light meter and studio strobes. Back then, we had to load our film in the dark. In 1995, when I registered photographer.com, I was one of the only photographers I knew who had a website. And interestingly, within 3 months I booked my first expensive ($10,000+) wedding gig.
Digital photography revolution
Fast forward 8 years to 2003 and the digital photography revolution changed everything. Barriers to entry dropped. Instead of needing a $50,000 investment in studio equipment and $1/photo (film, developing, proofs), you could buy a couple thousand dollar digital cameras, take thousands of photos at no real cost and you’re bound to come out with at least a few good ones – that’s all you need. Needless to say, digital photography killed my high-end photography business. Fortunately, it was an easy segue from photography to web design.
Digital photography and the Internet converges
While digital photography was emerging, so was the Internet. This convergence of digital imaging, instant messaging and the Internet has reduced the barriers to reporting and telecommunication. Sending messages overseas used to be costly, now it costs next to nothing. Add Twitter and Skype to the mix and everything is happening in real time.
Just like digital camera equipment revolutionized the photography business; digital cameras and the Internet has also revolutionized photojournalism, world politics, society and culture. Now, another revolution is going on and it happens to be in Iran.
I’m too politically naïve and ignorant to know or take sides, but I am fascinated with how digital photography and the Internet speeds delivery of images like the ones below. To spare the controversy, I’ve only included relatively peaceful images by AP Photos / Ben Curtis – found online.