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.