Going Pro: Rise Of The Amateur

Posted on 9/28/2010 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

Many professional photographers are disturbed by the changes taking place in their careers. Photographers who dream of earning their living taking pictures will, at the very least, find that goal much harder to achieve than it was for their predecessors. Amateurs have taken over an increasing share of the business. And their share will continue to grow. The shift from professional control of the market to significant amateur involvement is irreversible and will accelerate. That doesn’t mean that no one will be able to earn a living as a still photographer. But many fewer will do it successfully than was the case in the past. There is no way to predict the amount of the market amateurs will finally control, but it will be significant. 


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  • Shannon Fagan Posted Sep 28, 2010
    covers the same conclusions from my recent review of the Canon Expo in New York, NY :

    http://www.fastmediamagazine.com/blog/2010/09/27/“welcome-to-your-future”-a-review-of-the-canon-expo-in-new-york-ny/

    -Shannon Fagan

  • Bill Bachmann Posted Sep 28, 2010
    Amateurs have always been welcome in our business. But they need to learn to NOT give work away. You always make it sound like "The Sky Is Falling... The Sky Is Falling!!" Just educate them not to give it all away as Microstock, Jim, and you will be doing the profession (for pros & amateurs alike) will do much better! I am on assignment in Europe, so there still are good clients...

    www.billbachmann.com

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