Heheh I think these issues are not going away and have the tendency of popping up in regular intervals.Originally Posted by Fluorite
I don't want to talk about the quality of other photographers. I let someone else to be the judge and jury of photographic standard.
If someone could come up with same or better quality than me but at a lower price. I say good luck to him. He may operate with lower cost base and perhaps hold a well-paid day job.
If someone could pick up a dslr today and become a commercial photographer tomorrow, I say to him. He may be born with the gift of photographic talent without having to go through 10 or 15 years of learning and shooting like some of us do.
The situation is not as simple as it appears. There are many forces at play in the dynamics of commercial photography. Look at 10 years later, will those with cut-price service still all be hanging around shooting enthusiatically?
If photography is not financially rewarding to those who are in it either professionally or partime won't we be better off selling barbecue pork?
There always be a large number of new entrants attracted by the bright light and there are even more drop-outs from the scene. However there will be a core of professional photographers who provide the consistency and stability in the photographic trade. What we worry about e.g the weekend amateur wedding photography market or competitions with average prize money but unreasonal copyrights demands could perhaps be things at the periphery.
That's all folks.