Started by Rob C, August 12, 2018, 10:17:50 am
Quote from: Rob C on August 12, 2018, 10:17:50 am...Having written that is not to preclude those who simply use the medium as they did or would have done with film, from just going on as before, creating pictures that they love and enjoy, regardless of medium...
Quote from: John McDermott on August 12, 2018, 11:37:28 amAlthough you may be "right", this is the classical lament of an industry, a field of endeavor this has been eclipsed by the forward motion of history. The same complaints were voiced by stable owners upon the advent of the horseless buggy!
Quote from: Peter McLennan on August 12, 2018, 12:44:17 pmPrecisely, John. The soldiers guarding the keys to the kingdom have been disarmed by digital technologies in many industries besides ours. The boys in the computer rooms, for example, no longer control access. Everyone has several computers. Similarly, music has moved from the corporate-controlled recording studio to the renovated garage; from a thousands-an-hour elitist enterprise to a single person with a laptop.But none have been more directly or precipitously affected than photographers. Cinematographers (and especially camera operators) once held great sway on-set. Their word was law, for the crew was largely ignorant of the camera department's day-to-day responsibilities. Nobody but the operator saw what was actually being recorded. Now, monitors are everywhere on the set and everyone can see exactly what's going on. Now, they're just another crew member; they've lost status, control and power.And that's a good thing. Film making is now better, cheaper and more creative than ever before, due in great part not to the loss of the closely-held power of the photographers, but to the sharing of it.
Quote from: Rob C on August 12, 2018, 10:17:50 amUnfortunately though, none of this alters the fact that we will always need to have somethig inside us that we can express visually. If that's not there, we are left as voiceless as ever we were.
Quote from: RSL on August 12, 2018, 03:31:46 pmExactly! And that's the real problem. Always has been. Doesn't matter whether the thing in your hand is a camera or a brush. The thing in your hand is useless unless there's a thing in your brain.
Quote from: Farmer on August 12, 2018, 03:35:51 pmIndeed. Now is no different to before. Photography is still photography.
Quote from: opgr on August 12, 2018, 01:40:16 pmNo, i think his essay was about moving beyond that: only if you stick to the comparisson between the old cariage and the buggy, does one stay frustrated with the buggy. Once you accept the buggy for what it offers, you can move beyond the frustrations.
Quote from: Rob C on August 12, 2018, 10:17:50 am...Unfortunately though, none of this alters the fact that we will always need to have something inside us that we can express visually. If that's not there, we are left as voiceless as ever we were...
Quote from: RSL on August 12, 2018, 03:31:46 pm...The thing in your hand is useless unless there's a thing in your brain...
Quote from: KLaban on August 12, 2018, 05:41:54 pmYes.These gems apply whatever the medium.
Quote from: Rob C on August 12, 2018, 10:17:50 amUnfortunately though, none of this alters the fact that we will always need to have somethig inside us that we can express visually.
Quote from: FranciscoDisilvestro on August 12, 2018, 10:19:16 pmIt is the evolution of the medium, wheter we liked or not. I see the big changes mainly in two areasFrom the business point of view: The technology has lowered the entry barriers substantially, both in photography and cinematography. In all industries were this has happened, what was in the past a market dominated by a few players who could overcome the barries and who played scarcity to increase prices at their will, it is now a market with exceess players and excess supply, almost like a commodity, where high efficiency and low costs are the rule (there is an expected quality level in the market that you either have or not, and many players have it).It is actually very difficult to change this mainset and many of the old players could not adapt and dissapeared. The value proposition of the photographer has to change. It is not enough to have the equipment or skills now since those are accessible to many (a large number of photographers turned their business into education by conducting workshops or publishing tutorials, transferring to a large audience the knowledge that was a strategic differentiation in the past). It is more important to think in how to add value to your clients in a way that your competitors cannot rather than just rely on your experience and showing off expensive equipment.The other main change is that current tools have blurred the frontiers that existed between different types of image making activities (i.e photography & illustration). Besides this overlap, which some may consider a downside, a lot of new possibilities appeared in the market, that were unthinkable just a few years ago. Film and vinyl records will not become mainstream again, people will not leave aeroplanes and return to trains nor leave cars to ride horses. Consumers will not pay more just because you use more expensive equipment. Get over it, adapt or die.
Quote from: KLaban on August 12, 2018, 10:57:54 amPretty much sums up my approach to personal work.What digital capture does offer is the possibility and ease of post capture intervention which is something I admit to doing when needed but preferably with as light a touch as possible.As a former illustrator I'm not interested in becoming an illustrator with a camera.
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