Dear all, just something to share with you guys.
Last weekend I was at a friends wedding. Upon seated I was looking around for the photographer wondering what kind of equipment he was using. Then when I saw him, I was surprised to see him using a Nikon Coolpix 8800 with a flash attached. That wasn't even a Digital SLR, just a 'Point-and-shoot' camera to me. My intuition tells me that this person is either a friend doing it for free or he just uses cheap equipments.
So my next question is, is technology ultimately gonna render photographers obsolete? In the past when everyone was using film, only the real pros and experts in the field are hired for events or other photo shoots be it for magazines or other editorials. But now with Digital cameras, everyone and anyone with a camera can say he or she is a photographer. Digital allows more room for experimenting and less room for error. And seeing so many people owning a camera these days, I wonder how are the full-timers gonna sustain their livelihood.
Of course, not everyone with a camera can be considered a good photographer. But not everyone can become a Russell Wong or Ken Seet either. For those who are just average photographers in this industry, do you face the strain of freelancers' stealing your rice bowl away? In my opinion, photographers do not have any protection against freelancers eager for success becos no law states that you must have a license to be one (unlike taxi drivers, teachers and other professions).
So what do you guys think?