How does painting look one hundred years ago? How does it look now? Same with drawing. We've had color photography for over 100 years, with both Autochromes and 3-color exposures.
Originally Posted by cliveh
What is the current advancement? Lens arrays to capture different focus fields simultaneously. There's been an advancement with strip cameras, which allows us to see a pulse of light as it moves.
The Lytro camera, as neat and nifty as it is, hasn't changed what we photograph. In fact, the "light field" was first described in 1936 by Arun Gershun. It's just taken 75 years to make a consumer point & shoot camera.
The strip camera was first utilized in 1844 by Friedrich von Martens for panoramic photography. 167 years later, the concept is used to photograph a pulse of light, using a streak camera.
Can we photograph everything simultaneously? By modeling and inference, yes. The Lytro camera can produce an image where everything is completely in focus. This is done with a custom processor. What will we do in the future? Multiple images to create a 3D image, which is analyzed and modeled. Of course you will be able to zoom in on the threads, because the fabric is actually modeled from the photographed image. It won't accurately render what is on the reverse of the image, but the software will be able to do something like a Photoshop smart fill on steroids.
But we'll still be photographing weddings and birthdays and stupid parties, and all the rest of life.
Now, for a bigger question: will we regard anything at all as "photographic evidence?" What will be the chain of veracity that what was optically present at the time the photograph was made, will be in the final image? Once upon a time, an event had to be restaged to provide the desired image. For instance, certain Soviet photographs. There is one with Lenin at a podium, and a later photograph shows nobody to Lenin's left. The later photograph shows the banners in the back in different positions, and details in the crowd are quite different. Of course later on Soviet photo-retouching techniques advanced, as will be noted with Stalin's photos.
Cryptographic security will be built into cameras to verify that the photographic record has not been tampered. The cameras might automatically upload data wirelessly, as data communications rates will be far higher than now.
Or perhaps your photographs will be provided to you by The State. Or perhaps the concept will be a legend of a bygone golden age. Or perhaps humanity will be engulfed by The Digital Singularity.
For me, back to my Rodenstock Imagon 300mm.