Good to see the working journalists weighing in.Ramirez:
You're right that you don't need a 22MB file for newsprint (or Web), what you do need is an eye for visual storytelling. I can put words on paper that will make you joyful, tearful or any other appropriate emotion, but I can't do that with a camera. I'll get a picture that connects you to the story (with any kind of camera, including my $35-P&S), but I rarely bring that spark a real professional photojournalist delivers consistently. Here's a page that shows the kind of work I mean:http://guncrisis.org/category/crime-scenes/Paul,
"Video no more killed the photographer than it killed the radio star. Times evolve."
reminds me of two people who did not transition from radio to TV. Jack Johnstone, one of the top five radio drama producer/director types walked away. In the early fifties, he was directing Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Stewart, etc. in radio drama productions. In October, 1962, he sat in his living room listening to the last two radio dramas produced in the "golden age" of radio. When they finished, he walked over to the radio, turned it off and said, "Well, that's the end of an era." He was offered work in TV and film, but he was done at age 56. He considered TV and film "dirty business." So he moved to Santa Barbara, spent the next 30 years fishing and lawn bowling.
Radio actor Bob Bailey was a big star in the fifties. He tried to transition to film/TV, but he didn't have the physical appearance to match his big voice, so he failed. His big claim to film fame was a bit appearance in "Birdman of Alcatraz," ironically as a reporter. By the mid-sixties he was a drunk on skid row in Los Angeles calling his brother for money. He died in a nursing home 10 years later; even he did not remember who or what he had been.
I agree completely. Unfortunately, I think we have become an attention-deficit-disorder generation. That and technology that serves it are forming a great storm that's chewing up old delivery systems. Few people seem to be able to concentrate for more than 10 seconds on anything. There seems an almost monumental level of self-absorption and narcissism that makes people look for no more than a quick dose of whatever "news" confirms their view of society/world. Good pictures are no more appreciated than blurry cell phone shots or horrible utube videos. The expectations are driving the creation of product. If crap sells, why serve filet mignon?
Oh, and stikk, good to meet you! I knew there had to be one photographer who could string good words together.