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Apr 10, 2013 8:21 pmyour thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Paul Finkelstein DTM


needs changing. clients changing. technology changing. solutions and innovation evolving.

Your thoughts?

What would you like to see in your professional photographer or what do you see coming down the pike for professional portraits?

Click reply below. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Apr 11, 2013 12:27 amre: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Elena Alexseeva
Blaming the Digital trend as they do is just an excuse not to take the responsibility for having been stuck with an ailing business model in the face of the modernization of the Photography industry that rapidly evolves as consumers are taking charge.

While a whole host of specialized high-quality vendors were beginning to command this very personal Photography industry branch – Consumer Photography, CPI was still bundling services from “good enough” providers.

At the production point, the photographer on duty could be bad at handling kids or didn’t know how to pose pregnant women. The backdrops and props were outdated.

At post production, there were problems with cropping for framing, forget about editing out stretch marks, fixing awkward smile, or skin retouching.

Printing took weeks and months instead of the promised 72 hours.

This is why consumers chose to beat feet the hell out of Sears Portrait. They had options. There are plenty of specialized photographers to choose from and who will come to you to take pictures in your natural environment.

Then you can submit your photos online (professional or amateur) to companies like PhotoHand.com to get professional grade photo editing for the price of a Starbucks coffee.

As for online printers, there are gazillions to choose from offering everything – from plain prints to photo books to photo blankets and photo cake tops. Even professional grade printers like NationsPhotoLab are beginning to serve amateurs.

Lesson learned: Don’t mess with empowered consumers!

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Apr 11, 2013 12:57 amre: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Gayle Nowak
I am one person who loves and values high-quality professional photography. Maybe it was the stacks of National Geographics in my house that got me turned on to how a skilled photographer can capture something beautiful, striking or horrific.

I think people will always treasure those kinds of images, no matter what happens with technology. We are visual animals for sure, whether the pictures are still or moving.

That being said, I'm not surprised about studios like Sears or BRU shutting down their studios though. Someone on your Facebook page mentioned a failed business model. I think that's probably true. I also think that when you are marketing to and producing for the masses the way a big department store has to, the personal and custom touch gets diminished.

I have hired professional photographers for my wedding pictures, family portraits and executive shots, and I happily paid hundreds to thousands of dollars for those images (not prints mind you, just the digital files). The photographers who did our photos caught us in moments of living, and that's something that Sears and BRU could never quite do. Maybe things have changed since my dorky, awkward teenage family portraits from the 80s but those store studio portraits always felt flat and lifeless to me.

This is not a knock on those photographers either. I bet the studio photographers are just as talented as any other. I just think that when you do something on a mass level like that, it's hard to stand out.

Perhaps I'm a hopeless optimist but I don't think photographers are doomed because (as someone else said) there are people (like me) who value great work. Those photographers who create an experience and amazing images of life that move their clients, will be fine. The message and the marketing may just need to change.

My two cents as a photography consumer and lover.

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Apr 11, 2013 4:50 pmre: re: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Ken Hilving
Photography can be art, and there will always be a niche for real artists.

What technology has done is to raise the bar.

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Apr 11, 2013 5:24 pmre: re: re: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Walter Paul Bebirian
whatever the clients ask for:-)


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Apr 11, 2013 8:19 pmyour thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Mike Fesler BizHarmony
Being a Photographer is much like being a Physician.

One must ask. . . Are you trained like a physician do you have the years of knowledge and training? Do you have the knack? Do you have the passion? Do you have the experience?
Just how important is the procedure?

Because of technology and over the counter drugs, you have the people being of the mindset that they can heal themselves with everything from OTC medicines to mothers concoctions and formulas, to God knows what.

The people / patients whom do not go to a Physician may never really experience what good health is like.
In fact they may be lulled into thinking they have made a condition better, but in fact made it far worse. I have known of some patients that totally overlooked another condition which in the end was fatal to their well-being and total health. They died a slow agonizing death, never really understanding why they just didn't go to the physician in the first place.

When the chips are down. . . . when it is really important, when it involves your longevity, your livelihood, your quality of life, you go to the physician. Hopefully it isn't too late to save your sorry butt.

But it doesn't stop there. . . . at times even the physician seeks the eye, the experience, the objective view of another physician or specialists.

There is a well-known-Oslerism, The physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.

There is a reason for that saying.
There is generational wisdom in that saying.

The only thing that I can say is . . . . . metaphorically speaking. . . ???
Isn't it surprising how similar the patient is to a business?

Think about it. . . . ;-)

Mike Fesler

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Apr 11, 2013 10:40 pmre: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Gillian Linge
Digital photography, definately has it's own place.

I find 'doing your own'
just about cuts it for web based uses.

Printing your own, just does not seem to last.
I find the pics just fade.

Now a professional photographer is a must for me.
Especially for memories I would like to keep and last.

I love the special events, where I have had a pro photographer.

I treasure those.
Financially, if you really want to keep those memories.
I like to stick to those that really know their job.

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Apr 12, 2013 1:52 amre: re: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Heidi Caswell
I'm going to go along with Gayle.

Those are the photographers I see thriving.

Old model, come in our studio, pay sitting fee and $ for each photo, especially beyond package deal. Choose from a couple of backdrops.

A friend of mine who specializes in children's photos although she is now doing some great engagement and family photos. For a fee, she takes the pictures and you get the cd to print however you wish. If you want special editing of the images, she does that too. She may schedule a few days in a local park/farm or other location, and like for Easter have live bunnies in the photo, she schedules her clients throughout the day through facebook. She is quickly booked.

Even with a digital camera, I was very thankful a talented photographer did the images for a son's wedding. It is hard to focus on the wedding/reception while trying to get the perfect shot. This photographer posted images online and you could buy which you wished.

Several parents are using another local photographer for their senior portraits. Again, buying the digital images. Much time is taken, changes of clothes, various settings around town, very customized.

And then we have the photographer who specializes in sports who did the pictures for our swim team. Not something we'd do at Sears.

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Apr 12, 2013 6:11 pmre: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Mithu Hassan
Photography is art; by a photography anything can be explained and make understand easily! So would like to see the natural and real fact that generally we are facing in our personal life or society!

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May 29, 2017 11:43 amre: re: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Paul Finkelstein DTM

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Jun 03, 2017 6:39 amre: re: re: your thoughts/digital photography and the future of professional photographers#

Walter Paul Bebirian
well I think that each individual is totally different from another - and even if you are doing a number of portraits for individuals in the same business or for the same use - like for business cards for example - for a number of people in the same profession - they each have something to say or wish to portray themselves different from each other - and unless you are able to take the time to discover and actually places the effort into really discovering and bringing these individual differences out for each and every individual without concern for the cost or time that is necessary to really portray what it is that makes each individual special and unique then you cannot do the best for each person that they truly deserve -


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