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May 30, 2022 18:54:12   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
I know some of you do not "like" the Northrups - but here is a you tube I think you will appreciate seeing and thinking about !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a1CcwaDtmg

As for me, I am in Tony's camp and have seen this coming for some time now and gave up making any money with photography long ago - So, for ME, it remains a personal labor of love and I really do not really care what anyone else thinks or does now or in the future - I am comfortable in my own niche and plan on staying there till the end and avoiding societal pressures to do otherwise......tho it is sad.
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May 30, 2022 20:17:40   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
imagemeister wrote:
I know some of you do not "like" the Northrups - but here is a you tube I think you will appreciate seeing and thinking about !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a1CcwaDtmg

As for me, I am in Tony's camp and have seen this coming for some time now and gave up making any money with photography long ago - So, for ME, it remains a personal labor of love and I really do not really care what anyone else thinks or does now or in the future - I am comfortable in my own niche and plan on staying there till the end and avoiding societal pressures to do otherwise......tho it is sad.
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I know some of you do not "like" the Nor... (show quote)


Digital technologies democratized photography. The convergence of text, still images, video, audio, and Internet telecommunications into the modern computer, tablet, and smartphone is what did it. Photo/video/social media sharing sites killed off the family photo album, effectively replacing it with a virtual album with much greater reach and appeal.

I watched my former industry, school portraits and yearbooks, take huge hits in volume and profits, then go through intense consolidation in the late 2000s. Only a few companies survived. Many labs and printers sold out or closed.

Once upon a time, there were high barriers to entry into the pro portrait market. Now, the quality you get from all cameras is so good, and the ease of operation is so great, that only the very highest end pros survive, and that is mainly on the strength of their existing client relationships.

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May 30, 2022 20:36:01   #
radiojohn
 
To repeat a comment I made 10 years ago...While teaching a basic "how to" course on using digital cameras, I also did 60 minute tutoring sessions. A person came in on a Wednesday with a modest DSLR and kit lens they bought the day before. They wanted me to show them the basics because they were going to shoot a wedding on Saturday. When I suggested this wasn't a great idea, they said, "I know these two. It doesn't matter. The marriage isn't going to last anyway."

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May 30, 2022 20:38:07   #
radiojohn
 
Digital ease causes all kinds of distortions. Tons of people hope to get rich doing podcasts...good luck with that. Or getting famous with YouTube videos.

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May 31, 2022 11:04:03   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
radiojohn wrote:
Digital ease causes all kinds of distortions. Tons of people hope to get rich doing podcasts...good luck with that. Or getting famous with YouTube videos.


That is a fact, Jack!

Stan

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Jun 1, 2022 02:12:54   #
RodeoMan Loc: St Joseph, Missouri
 
I don't usually watch the Northrups, but for some reason watched this in its entirety a few days ago. I agree with you, what Tony had to say seemed resonate more with me. I thought Chelsea's part was to play devil's advocate and seemed much more "scripted". Tony seemed to continually backed into a corner saying "You are probably right and things aren't as bad as they could be" to Chelsea's continued examples of how the modern digital camera technology actually makes things better for all of us. I agree that this was food for thought. Tony got himself on the camera community's S list (and I don't mean short) when he went after Steve McCurry and the Afghan girl image.

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Jun 1, 2022 09:36:09   #
radiojohn
 
Video didn't just kill the radio star.

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Jun 4, 2022 07:31:18   #
BebuLamar
 
radiojohn wrote:
Digital ease causes all kinds of distortions. Tons of people hope to get rich doing podcasts...good luck with that. Or getting famous with YouTube videos.


In fact I think most of the money the Northrup makes are from their Youtube channel.

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Jun 4, 2022 09:01:04   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
BebuLamar wrote:
In fact I think most of the money the Northrup makes are from their Youtube channel.


Yes she alludes to that ....

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