“Ya everyone is a photographer these days, it’s a New Era, and honestly, I think it’s a good thing !!” ~ Me
What does the new era of the photographer mean? Kid’s birthdays, Aunt Jane’s Christmas mixer, hey, even selfies (selfie was word of the year in 2013 btw) are looking better and better, and that is awesome! There is a New Era of photographers out there, and with a little guidance, we could be seeing some incredible things!
As our friend the monkey, here is showing us is that it doesn’t take much to get into a decent camera these days. Hey side note, if you are looking to get a new camera read THIS first!
Now me encouraging everyone to get a camera could cause some of the more pretentious ‘artists’ amongst to turn up their noses… And some have now left… But the simple fact remains is that taking photos isn’t as hipster as it was only a few years ago, a new era is upon us! And I for one, am happy it is more mainstream than ever !!
Now rather than just trying to rock the boat (well I am feeling a little seasick but that’s besides the point) I actually have valid, logical (ok well the logic is debatable I admit) arguments as to why everyone being a photographer is a great thing.
Reason #1: People actually care. A number of years ago no one REALLY cared about the ability to take a good photo, National Geographic and the newspaper were the only places you could really see photos in print, old era. New era, because of digital media, people are seeing SO many photos that they are actually developing a palate for the basic, and fundamental, skills that it takes to make a great photograph. And because they are aware of these fundamentals, creativity, skill, interest, and desire to produce better images is on the rise! And that is a great thing (even if it still means 12 billion ‘selfie’ hashtags this year…).
Reason #2: History. we won’t have to rely on carvings on stone walls, inside of caves, anymore to know what happened… Probably a new area even the cavemen could appreciate.
Reason #3: Technology. this is my favorite actually. Just like the cell phone business, the camera business is benefiting from volume. People buy, and the company’s develop, simple as that. There is a big, and ever growing market for cameras, and like I said before, the sheer volume of people caring what they have, is causing the technology to grow. What’s more is the volume and competition between products cause companies to make their products more reasonably priced !! That benefits even the diehard professional.
Reason #4: The separating of wheat from chaff. If you are a great photographer, what do you have to be worried about? If you really are that great wouldn’t more people, more ideas, more interest only cause you to grow even greater? I think that this ‘saturation’ actually will expose the wannabes, and cause the truly great photogs to rise to the top! Yes I understand it can be frustrating to see a ‘mediocre’ image go viral. But in the end, the true greats will remain, quality will be proven, don’t worry!
Reason #5: Monkeys everywhere will not have to sit on typewriters anymore, they can run around free, taking photos…
Most importantly we have to recognize that this new era of the photographer is going to need leaders, so get on board and lead how this ship will sail, don’t get stuck being towed in the dinghy behind it…
Anyway, there are a lot of reasons why this is a good thing, like I said, the great photographers have nothing to worry about, only worry about getting even better !!