Quote Originally Posted by BobNewYork View Post
There is a distinction to be made between commercial and personal photography in that the customer dictates, and has the right to dictate, the form of the product.
I agree completely about the clients right to define what they want.

This is a good point, picking an appropriate format is key. I truly believe that wedding photographers in general are offering services that are overkill for what the mass market is really willing to pay for. (What they want is a whole different question.)

The point I'd like to make here is that the photographer gets to define what products and services he or she is willing to offer and the medium(s) of capture they are willing to use.

When the definitions don't match there is no shame in both parties walking away from a deal. This happens all the time; product shooters might avoid fashion shoots but happily do portraits, fashion shooters might avoid landscape work but happily do street photography.

Quote Originally Posted by BobNewYork View Post
the clients simply don't care. Even digi-based point-of-sale posters are acceptable because the customers, in general, are not studying these as if in a museum.
This is exactly my thought with the Instax, it's a low cost/high value option, about $100 for both the camera and 50 prints for wedding guests to take home as a feel good and a marketing tool. It doesn't require a computer, a printer, download time, editing, or PS, or an assistant. Sign the back, add a phone number; it's done, everybody is happy and amazed. They can scan them at home by themselves, they can share them at the water cooler on Monday.

The only thing the shooter needs to worry about is getting paid fairly for shooting these snaps at the reception.

Quote Originally Posted by BobNewYork View Post
For event photography I offer both. Those that want, or may want enlargements often choose film because I show them the difference between an 1x14 from digital, 35mm and medium format - and side-by-side there's a substantial difference.
I don't offer digital capture but do offer digital output (scanned and corrected by a lab) when the customer specifies that need. I just don't offer or care about work that requires instant output, beyond instant film that is.

The magic for me is controlling the shot count and shooting to provide the expected output. If the client wants an album with 40 pages I know I will need about 60 finished images which means I need to shoot at least 120 but really no more than 180 shots for the job.

The big current challenge is getting the client to understand that they don't need 1,000 professional shots to make a great 40 page album. If they can't grasp that concept the client isn't a good fit for me.