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THE FUTURE of Nature Photography

What does the future hold for outdoor photographers—their equipment, techniques, approaches, output, influence and access to nature subjects themselves? Here are perspectives from two Outdoor Photographer contributors, long-time columnist and nature photography icon George D. Lepp, and Aaron Baggenstos, award-winning nature and wildlife photographer and photo tour leader.

KATHRYN VINCENT LEPP: DSLRs replaced film SLRs quicker than we expected. Will the same hold true as better mirrorless cameras are introduced?

GEORGE D. LEPP: Back in the early days of my career—I’ve been at it for more than 50 years—new camera bodies came along approximately every seven or eight years, a new lens occasionally and even new film every now and then. The digital revolution changed all that. Now camera bodies and lenses are upgraded every three to four years, but markets are declining for DSLRs and especially compacts. This suggests that development and production may slow a bit in the near future.

I do expect a wholesale move to mirrorless, but with an emphasis on video, which in my opinion is where the field is moving. The ability to extract high-resolution frames from video captures is, to me, the biggest game changer affecting how we capture and how we produce our still photography.

I agree that mirrorless cameras are the future of photography. They are smaller and lighter, offer faster capture rates and are loaded with innovative features

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