Shutter Time With Sid and Mac podcast, Episode 101 »» Is Professional Photography Dead?Third Party Gem

Mac has made it no secret he is fond of third party lenses for his mirrorless bodies and he has spoken about them on the show in the past as well as on his blog. This time he dishes on his relatively new user experience with a high quality used lens that so far, has been worth the cash.

Are We Immune?

It’s happened before, yet many in the industry continue to shake their heads and fists when giants like CNN or Chicago Sun Times sack their staff photographers in the name of corporate restructuring, etc etc etc … It’s happened again, this time with longtime sports media org, Sports Illustrated. The decision was down to “economic circumstances and company restructuring.”…which can possibly be translated to iPhone pictures are good enough, yo! Or not. We’re just guessing. Many say readers of the magazine will not care about the quality of photographs, so the question is, are we as visual beings immune to quality photography that seemingly remains in shots of real estate photographers only?

Tourism Jackpot

Orgs sacking their photographers are not the only situations where working photographers are taking a hit in some ways. Tourism boards / companies, especially the larger ones, are hugely benefiting from the explosion of sharing your tourism driven photos over social media. Instead of licensing images or even hiring photographers for campaign work, many of these companies are heavily relying on the steady flow of pictures coming their way for free to promote their brand and province / state / country / etc. Sure, some of these orgs are still using paid photographers and are paying for photographs, but it’s safe to say the way business is being done using photographs is continuing to shift. There are definite pros and cons to this growing trend in the tourism industry worth considering.

Please join us as we discuss the impact moves like Sports Illustrated and Travel Alberta have on the photography industry as a whole and the direct thump it can have on the working photographer. Has the influx of free photographs, good and bad, led organizations to revise their business strategy when it comes to using photography to reflect their corporate vision? Are we making the job far too easy for them? What can we do as photographers to ensure sustainability within the industry or should we just find a way to adapt and move full steam ahead?

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Links from the show:

Leica and Fuji / via MiKsMedia

SI Lays Off All Remaining Staff Photographers / via PetaPixel

CNN Lays Off Photojournalists  / via PetaPixel (2011)

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff / via PetaPixel (2013)

Travel Alberta Blunder, 2009 / via CBC