- Posted January 31, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Demise of pro photo shops predicted in 2009
I had not heard of this in Canada or the US. For me, it was a bull market, I had all the business I could handle.
2011 hit and for me things plateaued. IN 2010 weddings went south with but 1 wedding from 50 a year. @2012 was even more brutal yet I still do corporate shoots; weddings in exotic locations and portraits as well as magazines, calendars and private shoots.However my business was impacted by Yardray's sage advice which 3 years later impacted US and Canada. He was 3 years ahead of the demographic curve with his advice.
I have been humbled by this man many times with his sage overviews of markets, timing and wisdom. We balance each other, perhaps maybe a bit one sidedly.
But the guy was right.
The best laid plans of mice and men; they always go screwy and astray.
I carry on with a wonderful calendar, magazine, internet and portrait market yet all things are frail and changing.
THINGS CHANGE. Here is the repeat lesson in life.
Everyone has access to superb big sensor and auto program flash DSLRS. Very cheaply and they outpace all 2001 cameras by 500 %.
The new cameras are computers, operators not needed
3G ipads now are used for weddings with Samsung cameras.
Photogs are now using Samsung iphones and ipads 3 for weddings and wonderful work.
Photo is liberated to the masses with new tech. The days of hired guns for one day at special events, is over
NO one cares about quality, lighting , film, depth of field or experience or track record. It's just take some crap and bill us for $400 or whatever., The world has changed, . Yadray you hit it right on with an earth shaking trend that hit you 4 years ago, and me today.
All my pro photog friends have sold their studios and are selling cameras and teaching courses at night. Almost none of my friends have photo studios any more.
Photo done with medium format film, Zeiss lenses and Contax gear with 2 minute exposure on Fujichrome 100 with a polarizer and tripod. This is a multiple exposure.
Funny, it does not matter any more. Digital cams can now do this as well for 999.00 US. And I was shooting film and 20,000 in gear. WHY?
Hats off to Larry.