The Future of Media Photography

From The Economist by W.W.:

For many years, Mr Hobby was a staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun. Like most papers nationwide, the Sun was thrown into upheaval by the rise of the internet and was forced to slash costs to remain a viable enterprise. In 2008, Mr Hobby accepted a buyout offer and moved on. To what? To wreaking havoc on the market for the services of professional photographers by starting a wildly popular blog, Strobist, that teaches amateur shutterbugs how to achieve professional results on the cheap. As the author Steven I. Weiss reports:

The results have been drastic changes in the industry. Undercutting professionals by arming hordes of well-trained amateurs, just as the media companies have slashed photography budgets across the board, Hobby has helped change the face of the photography business.

The Internet is radical democratization, and it is not likely to back up much.

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  • Bill Trip

    This has pros and cons. Now anyone can buy a HD video camera and especially the new hybrid HD_DSLR cameras are a great invention. The problem is that these tools make Joe Sixpack and Sally housecoat think they are equal to Steven Spielberg. Go watch some HD videos on vimeo and youtube to see what I mean. Are there some rare gems? Yes, very rare gems while most are quite crappy. I think this is why Hollywood is moving to 3D. It’s kinda of their way of raising the bar since no one can really tell a difference between film and HD anymore.