Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Losing images due to data storage problems is a major problem with digital. Some images I shot around 9-10 years ago have gone "corrupt". It seems entirely arbitary, some images are OK, other are not, yet they were all saved at the same time in the same way. What is going to happen to historical archives for the future?....Yes I know the advice is to keep resaving digital images every few years or so. But in reality, has anyone got the time or even the inclination to do this? It takes enough time to constantly download and save new images, without having to constantly resave a growing library of older stuff.
I still shoot film and scan for stock libraries, but here in the UK, anything in the editorial field, whether instant news or long term feature work is expected to be on digital........if you don't shoot digital, you don't work.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
You're exactly right. I have to have stuff in either next day or immediately. It is the time factor that has killed film for photojournalism. Also, departments are caring less and less about good photography. They want you to be able to write, take photographs, shoot video and use social media. One of my journalism instructors had us use Twitter during assignments. During one assignment, I was taking photos. recording audio, writing and posting on Twitter.
We had an incident between a frat house and occupy protesters. I turned in the photo that day, 30 mins after it happened. It was supposed to run next day but didn't. When I saw the newsstand I was both furious and horrified. A photo of the protest earlier with fewer people and nothing going was on the cover. We ran it the next day. It happened on Tuesday, we ran it Thursday.
By then it was already old news. Everyone had seen it because someone with an Iphone took photos and posted them on Facebook. Then through re-posting and word of mouth, the local broadcast stations found out about it and it was all over from then on. Our newspaper had been scooped because of a poor editorial decision. The frat had already been sanctioned for their actions and the controversy was over. Even if we had ran it Wednesday. People would have already seen it because of the immediacy of smartphones and social media.
There just isn't time anymore. I am truly afraid for my future profession.
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts: Journalism - University of Arkansas 2014
Canon A-1, Canon AE-1, Canon Canonet GIII 17, Argus 21, Rolleicord Va, Mamiya RB67, Voigtländer Bessa
We are rapidly approaching a time when the entire concept of "news" will no longer hold any meaning. The former "fourth branch of government" will very shortly finish being reduced to a bunch of anonymous people shouting at each other over the Internet, using a never-ending kalidescope of cheap new communication gadets, each person (and gadget) trying to one-up the others. And every "news" conversation will begin and end with the phrase, "You're such an idiot!" Or "jerk!" Or whatever.
Think about it. We're almost there right now...
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
There's a CNN template in iMovie video editing software for any citizen journalist with an iPhone who wants to submit.
I recently shot a video for PR purposes on my iPhone even while I had a much fancier DSLR around my neck, just because it was more important to edit and post it to YouTube immediately, than it was to have the best quality.
Many wedding photographers fall into this category in practice.
Jose Villa is one. http://josevillablog.com/
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