(Taken with a cell phone, images like this were not possible 5yrs ago)
The Landscape of photography is rapidly changing with emerging technology. This is a really exciting time for photographers and enthusiasts. With some of the coolest technology out there we can look to the future.
Anyone with and eye can make a good picture now. You don't have to be a professional anymore. Now this does not mean that anyone can be a photographer. There will always be gate keepers in the art just like there will always be a difference between photographic art and a good picture. With all the access out there and the emergence of social media it has become an exciting time to see how people view the world around them. To see what inspires people. I welcome the change head on and embrace it.
What inspires you? What do you think about the changing landscape of photography? Would love to hear your comments.
Very well written, I love how each gig is different and can be so inspirational and life changing. Although, I disagree with one of the comments below and believe it goes against what was written, not just "anyone can be a photographer." Many can take a good photo but not everyone knows what it takes to be a good photographer and what comes along with the job-even after 17 years of photography I am still learning, the game is always changing and you are constantly learning new things and every different aspect of the industry is forever changing which is why I consider myself and some I know great photographers because they just, as you said, embrace the changes and keep on moving forward. One can buy a camera and start taking photos but you also need to learn everything there is to know about your camera and start learning about the art of photography itself, it's not just point and shoot and if that's all you do than you are just a camera owner not a photographer. Every niche is different, no job is alike and each one brings it's own individual joys or challenges. Although I do enjoy the fact that most of my friends have gotten the photo bug I also am annoyed with the fact that most people with a camera now a days are coming at my clients for much cheaper. It hurts when concert venues stop paying you because they have college kids who will do it for free or amateurs who work for bar tabs. At the same time, I feel our work speaks for itself and hope that the consumer can choose their photographer based on quality and experience rather than price. You want to pick up the camera as a hobby, that's wonderful, you want to learn the trade that's fine too but please don't target my clients as if they are free game. I guess it just forces all of us photogs to aim higher and explore other markets.
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This is so true. With the digital photography age anyone can be a photographer and I've seen young kids take wonderful images snapping away on their parent's phone or digital cameras. This digital age and social media is giving people the inspiration and spark to become more creative and artistic. It is also allowing the world to be more educated of a good photo versus a professional photo. But in all, more people are having fun taking photos and capturing the things they love and cherish. I for one love taking photos of food with my phone and be able to document the things I ate and share it with my other food loving friends.
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