I’m waging a war today.
A war against people who want professional pictures taken, but don’t want to pay.
A war against chintzy app filters.
A war against iPhone Bob.
And I stand with professional photographers.
I have no issues with using an iPhone to take pictures. I do it all the time (I can’t very well tote my camera everywhere I go. It’s heavy, people).
My issue is with iPhone Bob stealing work from me. My issue is answering emails from prospective clients, answering a gazillion questions, setting up a date, settling on a price, only to hear those dreaded words:
- “I’m on a budget” (Hinting at a discount)
- “I have a friend with a nice/expensive camera who is gonna do it instead”
- “We’re just gonna use our phone”
I’m seeing into the future, and it looks bleak. A future without the need for professional cameras and photographers. iPhone Bob is in this future and he is using Sepia. I shudder.
It’s these types of people who are putting us professionals out of work.
Photography is not an easy job. But it is a loved job. We put years into learning our craft, studying manuals, perfecting techniques, and then there is the brain splitting task of navigating Photoshop and Lightroom (which has left many with grey pubes).
And yet, I’m still losing jobs to people who don’t care about the quality of professional pictures. Here are some side by sides of photos taken with an iPhone 6 and a Nikon D7100.
I see a future with our profession becoming obsolete.
Sure there are still those who respect the art, who appreciate the time and skill used, but there are others who feel we rob them, are overpriced and that anyone can do our job.
Every time I’m doing a photo shoot I’m thinking “I get paid too much for this”.
And then I sit down to edit and I think “I don’t get paid enough for this!”
But hardly anyone appreciates the time and skill. Why? Because iPhone Bob stands behind me at a wedding shooting the exact same picture and with a wink and a smile tells my client “I’ll text it to you later”.
And doesn’t that just make me look like a thief.
Again, I’m not saying that great pictures can’t be taken with an iPhone. Camera phones are a great way to learn the craft. What I’m saying is that with camera phones being so accessible (in your pocket) it makes paying for a professional a little superfluous.
So I’m waging a war.
“WE’RE HERE! WE’RE QUEER!” Oh wait…wrong one.
How about.. “WE’RE HERE! WE’RE TIRED-OF-LOSING-WORK-TO-CHEAP-ASSES-WHO-DON’T-CARE-ABOUT-QUALITY!” Too much?
It’s a losing battle, I know. All I can do is keep pumping out beautiful photos for my clients and pray that new ones choose me over iPhone Bob.
I’m keeping the art alive.
I’m bringing back the term “Self portrait” and obliterating “Selfie“.
I’m kicking iPhone Bob in the shin.