Why don’t we all just admit it. If you’re a small business making a living by shooting photos (e.g. weddings & events, portraits, etc.) or making films (e.g. weddings & events, small business promo videos, etc.) your future…OUR future, is bleak. You got sub-$1,000 cameras with 2-digit megapixel capabilities and 1080p video features allowing any Tom, Jane, or Harry with a credit card to become a “professional.” You got companies like Bella Pictures playing the “Wal-Mart” role to the indie photog studio’s “general store”.
You have TurnHere practically giving away web videos to small businesses. Soccer moms are shooting their own kids senior portraits. Craig’s List photogs and videogs are a dime a dozen. It used to be that even if you weren’t that good at actually selling your photography and video services, you could at least give workshops. But now even that business is going down the toilet because of resources like CreativeLIVE where you can get 20 freaking hours of education for FREE if you watch it live, then only $129 after the fact. (Say goodbye to the $1,000 workshop boys and girls).
Honestly, I think we all should just quit!
I have to go now, but tomorrow I’ll have more things to say about this whole mess.
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