...But the truth is that clients that value results gravitate towards pros that can deliver, it is not about the gear (most of the time) it is about the consistency of the output.
I myself quite share the above quoted.
Depends what pro area of photography your are looking at and comparing it with enthusiast etc.
Seems like he is referring to stock and mass market subject imagery that anyone can get access to shoot.
For me there's no contest and I would not enter into any business area that there might be. I will deliver effortlessly and with style every time no matter what the brief is. Its not just about taking the pictures there's often the drama you have to create or sometimes minimise completely to make the job run how they would like.
Then turnaround the images the next day all processed really nicely.
Exactly the same here.
And that is why I do share in about 90% the opinion on how the Pro
are shaped. And though Thom
DOES put the Enthusiast
next to Amateur
I tend to disagree.
IMO we do have the PRO
that works for a bare existence and Tim Wallace
among many other colleagues do shares the opinion that commercial photography is 80% business. However I believe that every PRO should be also an Enthusiast to some extend.
The market is oversaturated with generally the same pictures. More and more people on FaceBook
already know how to make a descent portrait or a landscape. I hope there are enough people among you that DO recall how photos on FB
used to look like. Then phones upgraded. DSLRs became more and more affordable. YouTube and many other tutorials were made and people learned HOW actually to make great photos.
So general PRO
with boring same style is not a good idea for business. True - a PRO will deliver 100% a consistent output, but at some point that very same person has to become more of a Enthusiast
in order to experiment. That can make him/her even a trend setter. A name-brand.
BTW it takes skill/talent to get good shots with an iPhone. And there are more than a few really excellent iPhotos around. You may have even seen some without realizing it.
I showed on many occasions that with an iPhone or an Android one can make photos that are impossible to be made with a DSLR with a huge LENS. Time will come soon. RAWs are already available on both platforms. Now we need I guess an iteration or two (five at most) to get the DR (I do my HDR manually with PS after a nice bracketing) and faster and more sensitive focus.
Aside from size occasion-wise it is the same as in the article:
I’ve written before about any animal interaction in a National Park being more likely captured by an amateur than a pro. It’s a numbers game: there are more amateurs in the park with cameras than pros. And given the rise of smartphones, that has gotten incredibly worse, as basically a pro operating in public spaces trying to take unique images is now competing against everyone, not just other pros.
Photography is not what it used to be... And it is a little mess.
New clients sometimes believe they know what a nice photo is and ignore the consistency of the output that only a PRO
can deliver without a risk. No matter if it rains or not.
I had a few such occasions. And I had to fix and finalize projects that were a few days away from the deadline. "Today" to deliver what some amateur had to deliver "yesterday". Or whose post production was awful or just disappeared...
Never underestimate the need of a versatile clientele ;-)EDIT
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