4 Photography Inventions

(we’d love to see)

In a world where new cameras seem to be announced every month there are still a raft of photography inventions that elude our kit bag. We’ve drawn up a list of 4 photography inventions that we’d love to see – sooner rather than later.

Built-in Lens Filters

Why oh why hasn’t this been rolled out universally?!

Built-in filters would make photography so much easier. Imagine if we all had instant access to ND, graduated, split or other colour filters within the camera and not have to screw them on the lens?

The ease of simply selecting a setting to apply a 2 or 4-stop grad filter when taking landscapes is a dream come true.

Think about how easy it would be to tweak the colour balance with a yellow filter in winter.

It would save so much time and money in accessories.

built in lens filter photography invention

But we guess that’s where the problem is…as useful as it would be, it would probably bankrupt a lot of filter manufacturers!

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Full Frame Smartphone Sensors

Smartphone sensor photography invention

You’ll either fully agree or stop reading at this point, but why would a full frame sensor combined into a smartphone be a bad thing?

Cameras have gotten smaller and smaller over the years proving photographers don’t always want to carry large kit bags.

We’d rather travel light and have everything within one unit, which makes us think a full frame smartphone would be a brilliant photography invention – we’d buy one for sure. It’ll stop the argument some folk saying ‘well you can’t print pictures big from your phone’ won’t it?

Granted there will still be a need for a high quality lens in front of the sensor. But if some clever engineer is reading this, get a move on!

3D Converting Photography Printers

In a similar way as we have 35mm film scanners which instantly creates the processed print and even links it to your smartphone. We think there should be a similar product for 3D printing.

3D printers currently rely on a 3D scan of a subject being taken first. But wouldn’t it be great to see some sort of converter that scans and reads either a flat digital file or print.

Then it converts the data it to a 3D composition, which then in turns prints a 3D rendering of your photo. Wedding photographers would have field day creating multi-dimensional versions of the Bride & Groom.

3D printer photography invention

Better Battery Life

Finally, we’ve saved this photography invention until last, as it’s our biggest gripe and biggest wish at the same time.

battery life photography inventions

Firstly, we’re not talking about the top end DSLRs which can shoot over 4000 frames on one charge. This is directed at the consumer market for amateurs photographers.

Why do our batteries rarely last more than 400-500 shots before dying?

Secondly, you may think ‘Who’s going to take more than 500 shots in one day anyway?’. Well this goes back to our earlier point about carrying less equipment and a longer battery life would help with that. Even if we can just double the current average life span that would be fantastic, less stress or worrying if the battery will last the day.

Why can’t some clever clogs create a lens which is covered in solar panels to power the camera when you’re outdoors?

What are your Inventions?

There you go, those are our top 4 photography inventions we’d like to see, but there are countless more we’ve overlooked there’s no doubt.

This is where you come in. Tell us what photography inventions you need in your life to make your workflow better, quicker, easier or more fun.

They may be pipe dreams or even inventions you’ve actually made.

Get in touch with us on the iPhotography chat wall, forums and the gallery.

Drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with your photography inventions and we’ll share the best ones out.

Be as crazy and creative as you like, you never know who’s reading. Just make sure you patent it first or we’re splitting the profits! 😉

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Their windows are invariably tinted in some way to help with heating.

This means that some of your photos may have a green/grey tint to them.

It’s not the biggest issue as you can rebalance this tint in editing with the ‘tint’ slider for example.