Digital Has Done in the Pros

To piggyback on the New York Times article from last week (our post on it is here), the Guardian weighs in on the challenge professionals photographers are facing from the surge of amateurs in recent years. But instead of blaming Flickr, the writer of this piece feels it’s the point-and-shoot digital camera that’s made the most impact since it, he says, has “levelled the playing field.”

Incidentally, I always bristle at the mindset from digital enthusiasts that all these outmoded industries — music, movies, journalism, photography — just need to adapt to the changing landscape. There is a part of that assessment that’s true, sure. But the other part of it is, content providers need to be paid in order to produce high-quality work. When we expect that everything be free, fast and downloadable because, hey, that’s just modern times, get used to it — then quality will suffer. There’s just no way around that.

Article from the Guardian

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4 Responses to “Digital Has Done in the Pros”


  1. 1 DT April 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The problem is that the market will never support all the people who would like to get paid top dollar for quality content. Outside of portrait and wedding photography, the need for images simply does not scale with increases in population size because the same great images can be reprinted or reused. The same is pretty much true of music, movies, and yes, even journalism.

    There are only so many slots for workers in these fields. There are a lot more people who would love to be in them. Digital tools just made it easier for all those people to produce their own content and dream of making it. It didn’t cause the fundamental problem, it only aggravated it.

    • 2 babydiscarted April 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      I totally agree with you that there aren’t enough slots in creative fields. There never have been. And I know the digital revolution has accelerated the shrinkage and changed our culture going forward. The sad part for me is just thinking that we’re going to inevitably lose out on some of the quality and integrity that comes with professionals doing these things.

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