Elizabeth Carmel: The Next Display — “I believe we’re on the cusp of another fundamental shift in how we’ll experience and display our photographs”

Two years after Elizabeth wrote this, Samsung has now launched Frame TV, which allows photographs to be displayed as still prints when the TV is not in use, in 55 and 65-inch 4K clarity.

In this article, Elizabeth mentions how impressed she is with the deep blacks that OLED TVs have. Samsung’s Frame TVs use a different type of LEDs, and currently can’t get the deep blacks yet, but OLED TVs that can display stills will likely come as the burn-in problem is solved.

See my article: Samsung’s ‘Frame TV’ Displays Large, Fine Art, Still Images – A Photography Presentation Alternative?

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From: OutdoorPhotographer.com

The Next Display

New opportunities on the horizon for photographers

By Elizabeth Carmel | June 16, 2015

I believe we’re on the cusp of another fundamental shift in how we’ll experience and display our photographs. …

The new 4K TVs are simply stunning, and actually can look better in some instances than a printed and framed photograph. …

Of particular interest to me at CES were the 4K OLED TVs. … This display technology creates incredibly deep blacks and vibrant colors that haven’t been previously possible on consumer displays. …

Viewing high-quality photographs on a large-screen 4K OLED TV may soon rival viewing a high-quality inkjet print. External lighting isn’t an issue with TVs as it is for inkjet or LightJet prints. Furthermore, we now can add high-resolution 4K HDR video to the mix to create a full multimedia experience. …

I think there still will be a demand for the signed, limited-edition photographic print in the future. It will be interesting to see if this new display technology reduces the demand…. I think it’s certain that visual artists will be able to reach a wider audience as people recognize their TVs can also be used as art displays. …

Similar to the challenges facing the music industry, photographers will have a new concern about the ease of copying their high-resolution digital content. I don’t spend too much time worrying about duplication of my low-resolution, 900-pixel website images on the Internet, but I do have greater concern when a 4000-pixel-wide image becomes easy to duplicate and share. The same concerns arise for 4K time-lapse and video content. The question is, will we be able to realize an income from our work when it can be so easily duplicated and shared? Hopefully, future 4K distribution technology will allow for some form of DRM (digital rights management). …

Elizabeth Carmel is a professional landscape and travel photographer. She and her husband Olof Carmel own and operate two art galleries in California, the Carmel Gallery in Calistoga and the Carmel Gallery in Truckee. You can get more information about her prints, galleries, workshops and books at ElizabethCarmel.com and TheCarmelGallery.com. For more information about her videos, go to VistaChannel.tv.

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