Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Times Are Good For Photographers

The economy may be going to hell, but photographers have never had it better. Virtually any current DSLR will take fabulous images and will outperform most photographers. Colour management, if not exactly simple, is getting more straight forward (the Luminous Landscape video Camera To Print really helps). Inkjet prints on some of the new baryta papers are producing wonderful prints. No, they still don't look like silver prints but different isn't the same as worse - they are beautiful in their own right. Not only that, we can share our work with others via the web and it's easier to become known that at any previous time in history - despite a huge amount of competition.

Control over images has never been as good, with Photoshop and Lightroom and all. Sure backup is a pain, but no worse really than sorting your negatives and being consistent about your contact sheets and negative filing system.

Now, if we could just figure out where to point the camera.

4 comments:

yz said...

yes, you're absolutely right!

Markus said...

I agree with what you have to say. Just one thing you mentioned as a side note is of my concern. You said "backup is a pain". I believe at this point that our time now will be known as the time of lost photographs. Gigantic amounts of digital photographs are taken, put on a hard drive and they are never backed up. They will get lost during system transfers (a new PC in the house) or when the hard drive will crash some day - so those images will be lost one day for good... Countless family and personal memories and time documents will disappear. But maybe the sheer amount of images taken these days will make up for it?

Markus

Stuart Harris said...

That's true from my perspective but I'm wondering about professional photographers. There's a lot more competition, high-end equipment is very expensive and you need more of it than in analogue days (computer, monitor, storage, calibration, software).

George Barr said...

The thing for professional photographers is time is money and though the start up costs for digital are very steep, the ongoing costs are less and it takes less time to get better results so I suspect few successful commercial photographers would choose to go back to film even if they could.

On the issue of competition, that's probably true - more people out there trying to shoot weddings and whatnot, but the cream always seem to make it to the top - those who produce a quality product, who know how to handle clients and models and who can sell themselves and continue to produce a great product year after year.