What's next?

Another note about phones and cameras.

Old school

Old school, well, at least the head does not need to be fixed in a special vice, so as not to twitch, as it was 20 years ago

For 2018, I was asked several times to make photo books from photos taken on mobile phones / tablets. There were several cases when I made photobooks from photographs taken on vacation in parallel on inexpensive CZKs and unpretentious modern smartphones. I mixed photos in photo books. In the printed version of photobooks of the format 20 * 30 (several photos per page) to distinguish where the phone and where the camera was almost impossible.

If before buying some budget Canon EOS 550D / Nikon D3100 and in addition a budget fifty dollar with F / 1.8, you could immediately 'elevate' your photographic work due to perspective and bokeh, now modern gadgets do the same tricks. Previously, the photographer could easily stand out from the crowd of ordinary 'onlookers' by photographic equipment alone... It was something like this - whoever has a longer lens is a more 'professional photographer'.

What now and what next? Now the abundance of high-quality cameras in portable devices forces photographers to promote their services with more interesting subjects, ideas, photographic techniques, more perverse artistic processing. In general, it stimulates professional growth of the photographer, its capabilities and ways of providing services.

I also observe in the market of some photo services a certain satiety. In general, this throws many photographers out of the market. Over the past few months I have received many letters and phone calls from my colleagues with a question where is the money lebowski what's going on with customers, Arkady? I also feel the pressure of the market. If in 2011 I shot about 70 weddings, then in 2018 these numbers have become much smaller. One can rejoice that at last the number of built factories for burning photographers has reached effective indicators, but one can also be a little saddened for those who with great enthusiasm wanted to get into the world of photography, but remained overboard.

Conventionally, it can be argued that many people have 'millions' of more or less bearable photos from phones / tablets, a sea of ​​'creative' photos with colorful filters in 'these our' instagram and they simply don't need anything else. They were 'satiated' with photographs.

Leave your thoughts in the comments.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 187, on the topic: What's next?

  • Vladislav

    The topic is really interesting both for photography itself and for photographers. I distinguish 3 categories of photography:
    1). Mass photo (pressed the camera shutter button - got a picture).
    2). Photos to order, that is, the work of special correspondents for the media, weddings, and other celebrations, etc.
    3). Individual artistic masterful work (including rare successful photographs of different individuals).
    So decide for yourself what niche or niches you can occupy. This is me for you - professionals and others who have fallen ill with photography and photography, who fell in love with the whole endless world of photographic equipment.
    There will always be weddings and celebrations, and photographers will always be in demand for this service. Everything will be determined by the almighty MARKET, the best photographers, not only by the technique of execution, but also by the idea of ​​order execution - will always be in demand. It's like the best doctors, lawyers, masters of other professions. We are always looking for the best master for ourselves. That is, I want to say - highly qualified masters of any profession are always in short supply, they are always in short supply. Am I right?
    So photography is eternal.
    Arkady is right - it’s not a technique, not a camera, but a photographer with his brains. Therefore, a real, beautiful photograph can be taken with any camera, and expensive already computerized photographic equipment is only a means of achieving a quick, convenient result, but not getting a SHED E IN R A. Masterpieces are done by MASTERS.
    And MASTERS will always be in demand.

    • Vitalij

      Povnіstyu useful with your skin word.

  • Vladimir

    To make good bokeh in video shooting using software, I think it will cost many times more expensive than buying the best video camera with the best lens. And if it will be, then very soon.
    In the photo - yes, it seems, it's only a matter of time (a couple of years). And smartphones can easily master telephotography, because the dimensions (length) of modern smartphones - be healthy, allow you to make a dark zoom and place it along the body. Etc. etc.

  • Alexander

    A very relevant article ...
    “” ”In general, this stimulates the professional growth of the photographer” ”” - finally there will be
    real “photographers” who were in the days of film ...
    “” ”In general, this throws many photographers out of the market” ”” - it happened - Nutcrackers
    slowly disappear from the photosphere ...
    “” ”If in 2011 I shot about 70 weddings, then in 2018 these numbers became much smaller” ”” - finally
    people began to realize that a friend - an amateur photographer who has a DSLR - would take
    their celebration is better than any nutcracker for money ...
    - In the good old days, my parents in the seventh grade bought me a "Viliya-auto", to him
    a simple photographic enlarger "Tavria", a tank and trays, and as a result, now there are more than one hundred
    old, priceless shots of yourself, parents, friends, and everything that could be then
    take off…
    - At that time, nobody thought about technodrochestvo, and no one knew about such crap ...
    - Now all this is returning, only in a more convenient form ...
    - I bought a good smartphone, with a good camera, a simple laptop and again I don't need any
    Nutcrackers ... And again thousands of pictures ...
    - And more ... My daughter had a photographer at her wedding for money ... And I shot in parallel ...
    ten and everyone looks at the pictures that I took ... But those that the photographer for the money and lie on
    disk ...
    - It's interesting to watch what was filmed with your own hands, but what was filmed for money is not interesting ...
    - Looking through the photos of the "mercenaries", I have already caught myself on such a thought more than once ...

  • Vitalij

    Television may be Google. Photo cameras are also available. Now photo cameras are equipped with technical brontosaurus in their own plan with their own mirrored systems and cameras. it’s not wonderful, I won’t write any stinks with 10 years of experience.

    • Trueash

      But as a matter of fact, I don’t send a TV-set like rocket 15, on Google’s photo menu?

      • Michael

        Well, not in order to watch on TV) It's more a question of using software for the camera and "enhancers" in the camera. Phones have imaging features that system cameras do not

        • Vitalij

          I understand Google, nowadays you can take photos of the Internet and the Internet, including mobile and all smartphone functions.

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