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    Publisher CEO: "The rise of smartphone-camera technology and its increasing ability to capture quality photos and video and instantly share them socially has dealt the photo industry formidable challenges. For our brands, these industry challenges have left us with insurmountable losses in advertising and audience support. Despite the extraordinary efforts of our committed colleagues at Popular Photography and American Photo, as well as our best attempts corporately to find a sustainable path forward, we are simply unable to overcome these market forces."

    The March/April 2017 issue pictured below will be the last issue.


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    I used to read these. But like 20 years ago. I also liked Modern Photography. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Publisher CEO: "The rise of smartphone-camera technology and its increasing ability to capture quality photos and video and instantly share them socially has dealt the photo industry formidable challenges. For our brands, these industry challenges have left us with insurmountable losses in advertising and audience support. Despite the extraordinary efforts of our committed colleagues at Popular Photography and American Photo, as well as our best attempts corporately to find a sustainable path forward, we are simply unable to overcome these market forces."

    The March/April 2017 issue pictured below will be the last issue.

    I could not have said that better myself. I'm the last around here with a New York/LA grade studio. Really, I've gone back to being a photojournalist covering our nation's presidents. And I will author a book some day. Sad to see so many of my talented colleagues just disappear. We still hold som major corporate accounts with some of America's best companies who need things gone right, so I will make it through, as we have worked with all of all of them for over 20 years each. And have dates years out.

    However, I have been in this tough business for 27 years, which is equal to General Motors being in business for 750 years, (So say economics professors), I have been to so many countries around the world many times on someone else's money, met my wife, and have houses all over the place, took my daughter with us around the country and works, put her through college, so it was a great run. I will retire In a few years at an early age...so that's that. Thing is I never wanted to retire, ever.

    As long as they don't computerize cats, to spy on us I will be fine

    Other industries beaten up:

    Publishing
    Journalism
    Photography
    Professional photo labs
    Video Productionu
    Motion Pictures
    Recording industry
    Music
    Printing
    Travel Agents
    Retail sectors
    Gaming industry with online betting
    Taxi industry

    Im sure there are more, many more.
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    yes, well, technological progress... pretty soon the robots/AI will be doing everything they aren't already...

    On the flip side, social media has caused a boom in consumers wanting to post professional wedding and family images.

    We set my (talented and motivated) wife up with about 15K worth of gear, she broke even the first year and is now profitable.

    Apples and Oranges to journalism/advertising of course, but industry and consumers both still have a demand for talented professionals. And the technology is mindblowing.

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    my friend is a "pro" photographer, he works in restaurants in Brooklyn, while he still has customers, their number drops all the time, back in the days people that had party at a restaurant, had photographer take their pics, than he would bring 8x10 printed pictures hour or so latter, now everyone has a smartphone, his services no longer needed as much, people take their own pics, and post it right away. however phones have not replaced wedding photographer, yet.

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    I can understand that arts that are actually more science than art are susceptible to replacement by technology, but photography? It takes more than a good camera or in this case a smart camera to take good photographs right?

    Same goes for cinematography. Idiots on youtube are still holding their camera phone upright, and few people naturally know how to properly place the camera and frame the shots.

    Perhaps the eyes of the consumer is to blame as well.

    "I don't want soup. I can make my own soup."

    Imalent, Armytek, Gearbest, and Banggood are still in business for the same reason Logan Paul is still making money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    my friend is a "pro" photographer, he works in restaurants in Brooklyn, while he still has customers, their number drops all the time, back in the days people that had party at a restaurant, had photographer take their pics, than he would bring 8x10 printed pictures hour or so latter, now everyone has a smartphone, his services no longer needed as much, people take their own pics, and post it right away. however phones have not replaced wedding photographer, yet.
    I do professional photography part-time. I don't think that phones will ever replace a wedding photographer. Even if a phone was able to take FF DSLR quality pictures, the problem is training first and supplemental gear (lighting primarily) second. Amateurs generally lack the skill set to be able to capture the same quality pictures or really deal with the wedding environment. A large part of being a wedding photographer is, quite frankly, Chaos Management. However, the primary force that is destroying the profession is the massive influx of amateur budget photographers now that DSLRs are so affordable. It's harder and harder for even established photographers to justify a $200-300 price tag on a standard family session (price not even including prints) when there are cut-rate photographers all over the place offering "mini-sessions" for $25-50. Same for all the cheap amateur wedding photographers.

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    Photography magazines as a whole are on their way out.

    Many YouTube channels do gear evaluation and lighting seminars.

    The past 15 years, photo mags have been nothing but paid commercials. You won't find a bad review since the manufacturer is also paying for space.

    I subscribed to Shutterbug which was the largest trade mag and District News. Shutterbug was published 3 times a month. Toward the end for me, it became bird cage liner, as by the time I received my copy, the classified items were weeks old.

    Sorry to see Popular Photography go, but like most publications, they were slow to adapt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scs View Post
    I can understand that arts that are actually more science than art are susceptible to replacement by technology, but photography? It takes more than a good camera or in this case a smart camera to take good photographs right?
    The photography world is going through a sea change right now; more people than ever are doing it, but they all want to get the picture with one tap and share it with the next, something the standard camera still cannot do. If you put all the cell phones and cameras produced in the year 2016 into one big pile, the cameras would make up 1.3% of the pile. The camera is now a fringe niche device..

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelbnyc View Post
    yes, well, technological progress... pretty soon the robots/AI will be doing everything they aren't already...

    On the flip side, social media has caused a boom in consumers wanting to post professional wedding and family images.

    We set my (talented and motivated) wife up with about 15K worth of gear, she broke even the first year and is now profitable.

    Apples and Oranges to journalism/advertising of course, but industry and consumers both still have a demand for talented professionals. And the technology is mindblowing.
    $15,000?... My 600f4 cost that, try having a million dollar investment over 27 years In top level studio with the latest gear, and software. Plus the talent to assist. Not easy anymore.

    I wanted to come back and say, I think it is great your wife did so well out of the gate, and if she keeps it up, you could do very well down the road. Nice to hear a success in the business these days, congratulations.

    Best,

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    but the pro and prosumer gear is mindblowingly more powerful than point and shoot phone cameras. Full frame Nikon/Canon DSLR (and the mirrorless Sonys) bodies with the right lenses in the right hands produce staggeringly awesome images... even the consumer crop frame cameras are in a different league than a cellphone camera.

    As for magazines, well, it's all online now, and I think the demise of a photography magazine says more about the state of magazines than it does about the state of photography. Dpreview, dxomark, and a few YouTube gear reviewers do enough to rate gear, and there are endless images to peruse and appreciate on Flickr or elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    The photography world is going through a sea change right now; more people than ever are doing it, but they all want to get the picture with one tap and share it with the next, something the standard camera still cannot do. If you put all the cell phones and cameras produced in the year 2016 into one big pile, the cameras would make up 1.3% of the pile. The camera is now a fringe niche device..
    No cell phone can do what our range of glass can do. I can spot a cell photo a mile away.

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    You are right, it bugs me in 2017, I can't transmit photos as I shoot them to my agent, or a live slide show at a corporate event, and many other uses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    No cell phone can do what our range of glass can do. I can spot a call photo a mile away.
    Right there with you, but the catch is can you spot it at ~500 pixels; analytics has revealed that for any given portfolio, less than 10% of viewers ever view more than the first page. Instagram and Snapchat are essentially all thumbnails, the whole point of photography now is to get attention using a small image.

    And the mobile version of Lightroom is nicely featured, so now you can post-process your cell snaps and make it that much harder to tell..


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    And the flow that goes across the Internet every day, if there is a bad photo it is forgotten right away. Not like newspapers that stayed a few days, or magazines that would remain around a few months.

    I miss the the old days of photography where you had to know what you were doing, not like togay.
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    Star,

    Why not buy my studio, with a name like "Star Halo Photography," you would make big mega bucks. I wish I had thought of that name when I started. Il'll get you going and you can waltz around the globe like a celebrity. You would be mobbed by celebrities, presidents, and CEO's craving for your artistic touch and excellent eye to, produce the photograph of a lifetime for the elite of the globe.

    Imagine riding in motorcades, Air Force One, private 747's like the Sultan of Brunei's, photographing the Queen of England, the Pontiff, Jeff Bezos It is all yours for the asking price...which we need to discuss. Oh, and the hotels...a car and driver, suits cut in London, gold Rolexes, even a gold tooth if you like?

    If if not I would like to, buy Star Halo from you. What does that mean anyway?

    My General Councel will contact your people. You could travel like me with an entourage with your Trip director lawyer, MD, financial advisor, a team of phycarist's from Vienna, therapist, Indian Guru, body guards, a press corps., driver, secure communications specialist, personal photographer just for you, publicist, agent, manager, chef, video crew, valet, wife and kids, and hangers on, your road crew of grips and assistants, your pilot, and hand selected flight attendants, with uniforms you favor. (Mine wear 70's hot pants and higher than high platforms)! But that is just me. My wife isn't too thrilled about that!

    let me know.

    With all best wishes,

    Most sincerely yours, with warm regards,

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    OK mods this is in fun, just a joke.
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    That was a fun ride tho Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    If if not I would like to, buy Star Halo from you. What does that mean anyway?
    It's what sounds good when you're 16 and you need a cool name for AOL chat rooms. But I need a Nikon D810 and you need a salable brand name, we can work something out..

    I was prepared to parry with the figures of what average photographers make, but the guy who did our wedding did indeed wear a mother-of-pearl faced Rolex and drove a Porsche, so there's average and then there's above..

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    Of course I was joking around with most of that post, all is true except the entroage part.

    As far as, changing my name, however, I do think your screen name is very cool but, I think it best to use your oun name in the photo business, as it shows you stand behind your work, which many of the flakes don't. Most of them are long gone anyhow. You need to put your name on it.

    From the things I put in that post, I have photographed your boss, years ago, and photographed and spoke with the Sultan, search my name and so if you play your cards right you can work magic in this industry. Never in my wildest dreams could I imaging everything doing what I have.

    The problem for people now, is I started decades ago, with so many things different mostly shooting on film stock, and now I would find it almost impossible to duplicate my efforts, with all the post 9-11 security in place, and all the people who get a camera and think they are professionals, plus I started in a small town with big people in it and they helped me out so I was just lucky, to tell the truth. Had I started in a big town I would have had a lot more to deal with on a daily basis.

    Now, I would recommend people not to invest in their photo business like I did, I own everything outright, because I never wanted to rent unreliable gear, so I put some of my profits back in the company, still do as we bill pretty high and owe it to out trusted clients to always show up with the latest gear, with plenty of spares and backups, so if something was to go wrong, they never know it. which paid off as we can shoot anything involving people and events of any type, along with architecture, and fashion. you have to specialize like any other professional does, you can't do everything, and should not even attempt it.

    For instance, I can't do what Don McGizmo does, and he may not be able to have a photo op pool spray of 30 seconds to shoot the president, before you are cut off even happen to get off one shot, or that one second you have disembarking Air Force One. Mostly I can direct my subjects, he can't and there are moving. Two of the most interesting areas you can specialize are underwater and surfing. Surfing is one event I have never tried but I love good surfing photos. That takes real skill, however everyone with a waterproof cell case is a surf photographer now.

    Photography for a career has always been tough and will be, I went for over twenty years without a day off. But, I loved every second of it because I owned the company, and was not like really working as everything we did was fun, and no two days are alike.

    I could in no way have got to the level I am without my wife, she is a mathematical genius, and holds masters degrees in the computer sciences, and is an award winning photographer, herself, and my second camera. Post production photoshop manager and takes care of all pre print and printing.

    I met her in my early days, and she knew nothing, I trained her, like I trained myself. And the most amazing part was that all photographers who went from film to digital are pioneers in a new medium, and that happens very, very infrequently. It was an amazing time, and it is what made us most of our money. Mostly because a gigantic amount of photographers did not believe in digital, did not want to bother to learn it properly, and were flat out scared to death of it. Quit over it, and could not grasp the computers and software. Thought it was not as good, and so fourth. We not only saw digital coming but embraced it, thus were pioneers in something, an amazing feeling. I loved it from the first day. We did extremely well in the period of the switch, for corporations you could name any price, and they did not care, and the ones we have kept the same is true. We did mid six figures for years until it settled in and leveled off, but what a run.

    You can do very, very well it is Just trickier now for local shooters, with what we call GWC's, translation: Guy/Girl, with camera, and they are clueless, and have run a lot of very good photographers out of business because they charge little or nothing and when the Great Recession hit, they wiped out a lot of Professionals. Who worked in local markets. They could not do to much to us at all as we work on the national and global level.

    The GWC just wants to play professional with all settings on auto, and I had one GWC tell me he stays away from the cameras manual. How can you not read your cameras manual, I don't know? Mostly they crave the glamour and want to get into things for free. Publicists have caught on to them to some degree, however they still hurt local and regional Pro's. Again giving the photos away unedited, because photoshop scares the hell out of them. But free is free if they can be fixed in post production (I dislike the term 'Workflow,' sounds like a radio station term).

    Normally, don't post here in the photo area it should not be a place for working professionals. It started as a joke with Mr. Halo, and it Now is a semi manifesto for people looking to maybe work at taking photos for a living, and maybe it helped? I don't know?

    I'll cut now Star but, I always thought your work looks cool.

    Carry on, and a always best wishes,

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    One day if your lucky , I may let you take my pic.......................as long as you can shop my gray hairs out!

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    Sure, what ever color you crave. Thanks for the compliment.
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    I do professional photography part-time. I don't think that phones will ever replace a wedding photographer. Even if a phone was able to take FF DSLR quality pictures, the problem is training first and supplemental gear (lighting primarily) second. Amateurs generally lack the skill set to be able to capture the same quality pictures or really deal with the wedding environment. A large part of being a wedding photographer is, quite frankly, Chaos Management. However, the primary force that is destroying the profession is the massive influx of amateur budget photographers now that DSLRs are so affordable. It's harder and harder for even established photographers to justify a $200-300 price tag on a standard family session (price not even including prints) when there are cut-rate photographers all over the place offering "mini-sessions" for $25-50. Same for all the cheap amateur wedding photographers.
    You will get nothing for $25-30. Local markets are overrun with these kind of no talent people, you are right. As for weddings, the photographer must act as the director for the photography, and in some cases, move the events along. I never do many weddings, however, I shoot them with my wife and we have fun, and as a journalist who covers world leaders, shot the Oscars, Emmys, we could give them the journalist look,and still do the classical formal poses. our price is $15,000 for a select crowd because they want a lot and a certain look. But I have a team of people I bring, and a lot of planing is involved. The sub $1,000 and hand over the disc crowd can't do what we can. But at least I admit to doing them, most journalists will always and always have denied ever doing them. But they have/do It's just another event. I do not market myself for them and don't really do them any more.
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    Nevertheless it is a great time for the amateur, and hobbyists in photography, like nothing ever before. I would just say have fun with it, and there is some very good if not great talent within the hobbyists ranks. I see some great work out there, and even with phones.
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    I remember the teacher who ran my photography club in high school had the opportunity to shoot the president when he came to town. Because he had a long telephoto lens and was also an avid hunter he got the idea to mount the camera & lens on a shotgun stock with a remote trigger in place of the er, uh, trigger. Guess what happened when he pulled that out & pointed at the president?

    I've been searching for the pop photo issue in which my brother wrote a letter to the editor exclaiming my virtuoso with a camera (I was shooting weddings & models in a studio I shared with my partner when I was still in high school). I must have been pretty good then, but just look at the crap I've been cranking out in my sales threads. It's definitely a skill that declines without practice. Which is probably why I shouldn't shoot an apple off someone's head before getting in some range time
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    my friend is a "pro" photographer, he works in restaurants in Brooklyn, while he still has customers, their number drops all the time, back in the days people that had party at a restaurant, had photographer take their pics, than he would bring 8x10 printed pictures hour or so latter, now everyone has a smartphone, his services no longer needed as much, people take their own pics, and post it right away. however phones have not replaced wedding photographer, yet.
    Well they can, but in a different way. If the bride asks everyone to act as the photographers, then E-mail them to her by the time the night is over she could have hundreds or a thousand photos. And if some are bad, well so what.

    But, if a photographer showed up to shoot the wedding with a phone...that would be a total joke

    For my own wedding, we tried, at least for the time something different. We were married in St. Andrews, Scotland, and it was just the two of us at the registry office, with a judge. This was 21 years ago, so it was the film age. I took only one camera, a Nikon F4, 28-70 lens, and SB 24 flash.

    I did did shots of my wife in her dress, which was not a wedding dress but a white gown out on the golf course, the seawall to with the North Sea behind it, they were more fashion photos, now for the ones of both of us together, we just asked random people if they would take our photo, now I'm handing them this complex professional rig of a camera, and it was great. Some were tilted, too close, to far, every kind of mistake, and they turned out so funny as photographers we loved it.

    One funny thing was as we were leaving the hotel to to the registry office for the ceremony, the doorman at the hotel, on his own asked, "would you like me to take a photo of the two of you," we said sure, and it was absolutely perfection, the guy had to have had some background in photography. Very funny. We still have that photo out, and laugh about it.
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    Considering that Popular Science and Popular Photography are owned and published by the same company if this bodes a death for the Popular Science mag as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinbasser View Post
    Considering that Popular Science and Popular Photography are owned and published by the same company if this bodes a death for the Popular Science mag as well
    My first spin of the distinction (...Science vs ...Photography) could have some current affairs / politics angle, but I'll just leave that one for the CPF Underground lol.

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    sad to see it go... have read a handful of them, still have some in my closet. but i think that's how the cycle goes, especially when the iphone/smartphone age took over. but i'll still continue to enjoy photography and the adventure is brings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    Of course I was joking around with most of that post
    I was jesting as well, my name is obviously worth a Leica S (then I'd have to figure what other part of myself to sell to get a lens..)

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    I have photographed your boss, years ago, and photographed and spoke with the Sultan
    You need a photo book; one of my fave photo books, The President's Photographer is very much in that vein, the photographer providing a new angle on familiar faces from behind the scenes.

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    Now, I would recommend people not to invest in their photo business like I did
    What did your business start out shooting?

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    I trained her, like I trained myself.
    My dad worked at a camera store in downtown Kansas City, so we always had gear sitting around the house like the bold new Minolta Maxxum; I played around with film cameras as a kid and got my first digital camera as a teen, just as I got into using Adobe Photoshop; I'm coming up on 20 years experience with digital cameras and post-processing

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    The other day I found one of my old note books where you write down the shutter speed, ASA, f stop, time, dates and other things, today it is all on the screen on the camera.

    There was some fun to taking down your field notes, and numbered each roll.

    Also, I miss my Hasselblad system, with those wonderful Carl Zeizz lenses, film backs which took practice to load fast, the dark slide, all of it you really had to know what you were doing but it was fun and gave great satisfaction when you saw the results. You always worried until you went to the lab and saw your work, I remember being so worried on so many weekends over jobs I shot, did I set this right, did I have the right setting?

    On all the Apollo missions they used Hasselbald on the lunar surface, and had Nikon F2's inside the command and service module.

    Buzz Aldrin is a member of a club I belong to as well, and I once asked him: "Were you not worried about your exposures, composition, and focus?" He told me, 'All we were worried about was getting back home.' He said that they jettisoned all the Hasselbald cameras and lenses on the moon and just brought the film back with them. I think the 35m F2's came back.
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    Star Halo,

    My first job was the dedication of the Greald R. Ford School in Indian Wells, CA that is how I got started, I went there just for something to do, there was no other photographer, sent the work over to the president's office, and it went from there.

    One thing, my Mom did know President Ford, and that helped. However I never thought others would start asking, and it would be a career. You never know what can happen? Really anything can happen is what I have found, but I went over twenty years with no down time, so I put a huge effort in it, I gave up things like golf, and hobbies.

    My mom said to at least keep your clubs, and I'm glad I did because I got to play with the president, and Leonard Firestone, the industrialist. It was just a few times because I am still just a photographer, and, they gave me wonderful advice.

    That is when I worked the local markert, I don't so much these days because the towns the great people who really made this town what is are all gone now, and their replacements are not even close with how they go about things, I have been national since like 1998. Covering many of the major events in the country, and doing work for large corporations. Glad I did, the Mayor of Palm Springs just was arrested for taking bribes.

    He was inept anyway, when President Obama came here he was the arrival greeter, and came and got me down off the press riser awaiting the arrival of Air Force One, and said you have been around this and know the protocol what do I say? I told him but, In the past the old guard would have known what to do.



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