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Russ, you basically summed up my issues with "photographers" since digital became so available. You have every Tom, Dick and Harry coming out of the wood works accepting the title as a "professional photographer" by accepting payment for jobs when they don't know squat about photography. They have some OK to nice equipment, can set it to "P" or auto and fire away. Then happily stand there with their hand out expecting compensation for their "professionalism". It urks me to no end. You also see it on any one of the photog forums out there, this one included. Someone posts their latest paid gig, gets a little hard C&C from the community, explains client was happy with them.. yahda, yahda, yahda.
Do the public an honest service folks, learn to walk before you run.
Keeping it real.
You seem to think that there weren't hacks before digital made it easier to become a photographer. There were plenty of bad to middling photographers that people used because there were far fewer choices.
I say that the explosion of people offering their services is a fabulously good thing for the industry. If people are happy paying less and getting what they want, then the market has expanded, and ultimately provided more work for photographers in general. You'll see in a few years that the industry is going to transform itself into something that you can barely recognize. It's going to hurt some people, but it'll help a lot more.
Photography has never been about selling f/stops or shutter speeds. It's about marketing and salesmanship, the technical details don't matter to anyone but photographers. Customers care about pictures that capture them in a good likeness, or capturing an emotion
you see this in all the time in photography business threads and forums. Photographers who complain about other "photographers" and the business they are getting. I wonder if it's like that on carpenter forums. Or those plumbers complaining about amateur plumbers stealing their business
In fact it is. My son works in the construction field and they always bitch about the non union illegal workers working for pennies, doing shoddy work and taking away business. Plumbers, framers, cement, drywall.......even electricians in some cases and that is scary.