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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby St3v3M » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:25 am

Steven G Webb wrote:... I don't know where we are headed. I just wish there was more money in the craft. ...

Maybe we need to change the business model to follow the technology. And it's a sad, but funny joke! S-
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Postby St3v3M » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:29 am

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Hopefully if a balance can be achieved between the business owner and the photographer a wonderful working relation can blossom, but it takes work.

My initial thought is they need to learn the business end as well as the photography end if they want to succeed. S-
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Postby St3v3M » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:33 am

Steven G Webb wrote:... While there is nothing new under the Sun, man's short memory and short lifespan makes for lots of forgetting and lots of rediscovery.

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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby PietFrancke » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:56 pm

I think the need for stationary images is smaller. Yes - we still have famous people on magazine covers, but that is about it. Even online, the images needed are not images, they are Video. It will soon become a Harry Potter world, where the picture frames animate.

I think the images needed in the near future are more oriented towards consumer produced documentation (say car or home damage - before and after). Consumers will be required to have cell phone images of their possessions for insurance purposes.

The evolution path I imagine is photographer becomes Graphic Artist. Both in product sales and in entertainment (book covers, music covers, etc)

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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby St3v3M » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:58 am

PietFrancke wrote:... The evolution path I imagine is photographer becomes Graphic Artist. Both in product sales and in entertainment (book covers, music covers, etc)

Something to take note of! S-
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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:50 pm

With technology pushing the envelope at every turn who knows what photography will be like 10, 20, 30 years from now? It's not going to stop! While agree with most things said here are my thoughts.

The true artists with great business/marketing skills with continue to survive. Today's portraiture is just a commodity to the masses. The low ball, really doesn't know what their doing, with no business/marketing
skills don't last long. They generally find themselves in high debt and working their butts off and not making a real living. The middle end photographer will disappear.

Remember me taking that Wall Portrait Conference earlier this year, I should have taken it almost 20 years ago. My recent family portrait session netted me a $7000.00 sale. This is do able for any photographer
out there, however they must learn their craft and their business/marketing skills if they want to success. Most don't want to make that investment!
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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby St3v3M » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:00 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:...
This is do able for any photographer out there, however they must learn their craft and their business/marketing skills if they want to success. Most don't want to make that investment!

The truth is spoken! S-
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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby minniev » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:37 am

I dabble in a little real estate photography,and the realtor I work with is defiantly impacted with the move away from traditional pro photographers or even trained amateurs. Most of their photos now are shot by realtors on a cell phone or by the homeowners themselves, shot very willy nilly, crooked, noisy. They only call me when they have a house that is hard to see or needs to move quickly. The entry of the cell phone into the equation is a factor that can't be overestimated, and will probably have considerable impact in the future too. I think there will always be a place for the exceptional photographer - the gifted portraitist, the fine art landscape photographer,and others. But the average guy may have trouble staying in the game. The less-than-average guy like me may never get in the game in the first place.
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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:44 am

I've noticed that most realtors are pretty cheap business people. I would only hook up with the one that is selling the high end homes and let the others use their cell phones minniev.
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Re: What is the future of photography and professional photographers?

Postby St3v3M » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:22 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:I've noticed that most realtors are pretty cheap business people. I would only hook up with the one that is selling the high end homes and let the others use their cell phones minniev.

Everyone is trying to save a dollar, the real trick is showing the value of your product so that they need you. S-
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