- Jan 13, 2006
- Columbia, Maryland
- Real Name
- Walter Rowe
I'm not complaining. I'm saying we need to educate and boost the confidence of people entering the photography field as a career. There will always be "free" fan pictures. As @Mike Buckley pointed out - there is no combatting free, but if you sell a great product then those who value it will buy it. New entrants to photography as career need to be taught to value their own work and how to seek out clientele who will value and pay for it. All the weekend photographers to put pressure on that. They can produce great product and don't depend on photography for their livelihood so they often don't charge a fair market value for their product. Look at all the 'mini sessions' you find for $50 or $100. You could argue that consumers of those products would probably not pay for a "professional photographer" and so the professional hasn't really lost anything. Where the professional loses is the consumer gets a perception that this IS professional photography and that this is what they should pay for it.That horse has left the barn a long long time ago. Everyone has a camera, and every photo is available for free through social media or an internet search.
The old principals don't apply in today's digital world. Complaining is a non-starter.