How to deal with other photographers that compete with you
I was in Seattle at the Pike Street Market. It's a tourist magnet, hundreds and hundreds of tourists, including me. Here's the next wave for photography.
The Next Wave of Photographers click on image for gallery
The Sony NEX-5n is one of the new mirrorless cameras from Sony. I was able to play with it for about 15 minutes! Yeap, that's ¼ of an hour. I'm not allowed to show the photos, “he” kept the sd card. I wasn't really allowed to try it, but some Starbucks, some “slick” talking and I spend 15 minutes with it.
The camera is nice, the focus is fast, almost as fast as a regular dSLR. It's not as fast as a Canon 7D but it's still darn fast. It feels lot faster than a Canon T3i or a Nikon 3100. The images on the back of camera looked very good, but it was JPEGs.
The standard line is that the Internet is killing “old media.” Almost every idiot argues that Google by showing the title and 1 and ¾ line of the start of the article with a link is infringing their copyright and killing their business.
It all started by the AFP, the Agence France Press, who didn't want Google to link to their news without Google paying for the privilege of linking to their websites.
In its post of the 8-Jul-2011, PetaPixel reported that CNBC has declared the end of the point and shoot cameras. This has been reported many times by many business analysts.
Point and shoot camera sales are down, significantly. The top 2 point and shoot camera manufacturers are:
And they represent 65% of the worldwide market. This year, Canon has introduced only 1 new camera, and Sony only 2 new cameras.
In the last week of June 2011, Thomas Hawk wrote an article about the copyright lawsuit between Jay Maisel and Andy Baio. It was the first time I heard about it. Thomas Hawk took the point of view that Jay Maisel's lawyers “extorted” $32,500 from Andy Baio and he could do it because Jay had deeper pockets and bigger lawyers than Andy's.
132 comments later:
- Most of the comments were in favor of Jay Maisel
- The comments became a discussion between a ½ dozen people
I have been asked to do a wedding. I have ranted and raved about never doing weddings. It's not my cup of tea. Here are some the dozens posts of my swearing that I will never do weddings: http://www.foto-biz.com/search/node/wedding
I will get paid a big fat 0, zero, zip, nada, zilch, nothing. I already hear the screams:
- He doesn't know what he's doing
- He's stealing the job of real wedding photographers
- He's devaluating the profession
Now may be you need the information:
- Who? 2 people that are penniless.
The other day, I met this photographer who shall remain anonymous because… He makes very nice black and white panoramic landscapes and he makes a good living selling the prints. Within 2 minutes of our conversation:
I am a purist, I only use black and white films. When I take the photo, that's it, that's how it's printed.
So, I asked him a few questions:
Producing a foto-biz.com post is hard. It takes imagination, time and hard work. It takes me usually an hour to an hour and half every daily. It's tough:
- What to write about?
- What's the material? Research and verify.
- Write the post.
- Post the post.
- And finally publish the post.
I get ideas from everywhere, I have a text file that is 28,560 lines long of text and ideas with most of them half baked or not baked at all. I do follow a few websites. And that's where the pirates comes in.
The competition is so fierce that art directors and editors receive daily emails, postcards, business cards by the hundreds. Art directors, editors… need to discover new photographers but they still have work to do. So the hundreds and hundreds of emails, cards… mostly end up in the spam folder, in the physical garbage, in the…
Some photographers manage to cut through the wall of indifference, the garbage… Casey Templeton did. He sent 300 promo pieces and at least 30 have replied! A 10+% is huge! It's a fantastic success.
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- How to start?
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