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Mirrorless Cameras Signal The End Of Professional Photography

Does the ease of image capture and post-processing using today’s mirrorless cameras signal the end of the road for professional photography?

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  1. Does the ease of image capture and post-processing using today's mirrorless cameras signal the end of the road for professional photography?

    If not, what will set the "PROS" apart from the rest of the p

  2. So far, they've yet to make a camera that can determine good composition and story telling. Until then, I think the pros will continue to be able to set themselves apart from the non-pro that happens to have fancy gear.

  3. Mirrorless makes manual easier. But not that much. It doesnt make a difference. If anything the first mirrorless, or the first mirrorless With an e shutter , and i do mean some unnamed point and shoot decades ago, was the last big technology influencing things. Because that tech makes flat small cameras= Smartphone – possible. Also social media.

  4. Some years ago one of our local newspapers sent their photographers out armed with disposable cameras for a bit of new years fun (mid summer here in New Zealand). The results were fantastic, and proved beyond doubt that understanding of composition, imagination etc. will always be the key. Better technology might allow you to capture images which you couldn't previously, but it doesn't make you as good as a professional any more than good golf clubs will make you a pro golfer.

    One point I expected you to make though is the increased competition for professionals due to the reduced cost. Price is no longer the barrier it once was, and a young talented photographer can create professional standard images far cheaper than in the past. There will always be a need for professionals, but it will become harder to justify charging top dollar as more new photographers enter the market.

  5. So mirrorless, its just the next evolution, people are saying phone camera's have killed photography, it's not, it's just brought photography to the masses.
    The camera is a tool, it does not matter what it is, you can have a person who understands the basics of photography take wonderful pictures on a mobile device or someone who has a top of the range DSLR or Mirrorless camera take horrid puctures because they don't understand what is needed to take a great picture in the first place. Composition is the key here and a professional should be able to get the tools to work best to get that.

  6. I don’t believe the handheld super computer cameras we have today do away with the need for a professional. If anything it increases the need tremendously! Like you said in the beginning, you had to know lighting, aperture, shutter, exposure, white balance etc… Most people have NOOO clue what these are or how it works. Then there is the post production, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw, Bridge, etc… Then there is knowing color science for printing. And we have to know all this as the client demands their prints immediately. It’s easy to post on Instagram and get likes, but to work with a paying and demanding client is a whole other universe!

  7. Interesting point you’re making. I have to admit: thanks to digital photography I could become a professional photographer in the first place, even though I learned the old way. I feel awkward when the public sometimes seem to get better shots with their iPhone, from their seat, than I, running around with my DSLR. So, for me, for us, it is the challenge to actually make better shots, using all the existing techniques available. Professional photography is alive and kicking!

  8. What has WYSIWYG got to do with taking a Professional Photo? Absolutely nothing! Its a silly question. Like saying a Grand Tourismo lets you be as skilful Ayrton Senna. Not worth taking this seriously, but good sensational title that was bait enuf for me to see what way you would spin it.

  9. It's a valid point regarding a separate reality. I always remember Cocteau saying why he prefers B & W because [p]'when you shoot in kodachrome you have to work in the reality of kodachrome'. So everything is impressionistic, pix, like paintings, stories etc. are manners of expression. Drawing and painting are more plastic because you can work outside of the reality that we see. Colors are probably the best example. If the sky is not the shade of blue we see it becomes a distraction in the image unless the image conveys something so powerful the color becomes irrelevant – which happens in movies all the time. The difference is permanence. How much of what we actually see is a memory template, which is how hallucinations works, our memort template of a mundane scene collides with some new input and our mind malnuctions a bit until it adjusts to the actual scene rather than how we remember it.

  10. People sometimes look bemused because we fiddle and adjust settings to get it just right. You can see them thinking that they simply point their phone and it automatically gets a good picture, or so they see it. "How come this guy has a flashy camera and he needs to fiddle, is he unsure and not very good?" Trouble is photography is judged on a screen on a phone and via the internet which crops and adjusts. Noise is not so evident and printing is not normally needed which would highlight the difference a well exposed and technically correct image provides. Sometimes we are busy getting it just right for an audience that would appreciate us spending more time on composition and creativity…they don't see the detail or appreciate the skill. And all the time we worry /want/ lust after the latest and technically advanced do it all system. Mirrorless isn't killing proper photography the way pictures are viewed and peoples decreasing attention span and scrolling is. Photography is a craft and the attention to detail and knowledge matched with experience and hopefully talent should be appreciated. Most people realise they can't do law so pay for lawyers whereas everyone thinks they are a photographer and it's easy. Lastly every wannabe offers ridiculous and low prices to get in the door and build a portfolio…all that's killing photography. Ps I'm usually upbeat 😉

  11. Today's generation of photographers largely started with smart phones. Mirrorless cameras are the ultimate upgrade for users of LEDs instead of viewfinders. Technology has evolved. But it won't kill pro photography any more than the SLR did when "pros" previously used 4x5s. You still need to understand light, composition, ISO, shutter speeds, emotion, storytelling, light manipulation with filters, yadda yadda. Without that knowledge, that eye, you'll still suck. The better you understand the art of photography, the better photographer you will be. Even the burst shooter (e.g. wildlife) has to be able to tell the good shots from bad within the burst. Mirrorless pros, or enthusiasts with pro-level talent and training, will still be evidently better than the average snapshooter.

  12. A quote from 1938, to put things into perspective (for the "art" side of photography at least, if not "professional."):

    "There seems to be millions on millions of photographers and billions of photographs made annually, but how rare a really fine photograph seems to be. ‘Intersting’ shots. It’s a pathetic situation—so little vision. So little true seeing. "

    -Letter from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston, 3 September 1938

  13. Its all about the phrase 'a picture is worth a thousand words' a camera is just a device, the photographer tells the story. There are good story tellers, bad story tellers and those who just recite from a book. I am nowhere near a good story teller, I have decent cameras and glass and people say my photos are good but really they are just reference pictures sharper and more vivid than any of my circle of friends. I struggle to make that picture talk like the pros do! the top photographers are a cut above no matter what the equipment.

  14. Iso isn't sensor sensitivity that is a physical property, it's applied gain… Of you wanna get technical you should do it right, you don't change the light sensibility of your sensor, you change how much amplification to the signal is applied

  15. Old timer, amateurs know very little about framing, composition, lighting, editing raw files just to name a few, technology advancement is great and benefit everyone, it's up to each individual to achieve greatness!

  16. It's change. Change is always hard to grasp. I too come from the Pentax MG and Canon A1 era. I use to have an EOS5 in the 90s. 5fps film SLR. We couldn't change our ASA in between shots. LOL
    I miss the old times. I get annoyed when people that rely heavily on post process because thats all they know tell me I'm doing it all wrong.
    I prefer to shoot all manual.
    I have a stack of DSLRs here that I have accumulated over the years. I still have my original 5d. BUT….as a fishing journalist I have made the switch to mirrorless as I can get the same image and video quality from the APS-c sensor of my M6 as I could off an 800d but with much lighter and more compact equipment.
    I miss waiting with excitement for my photos to come back to see how they turned out. I miss that a lot. My star trails and failed lightning shots use to leave the girls at the camera lab scratching their heads. LOL
    Change is inevitable so we may as well embrace it and take the good with the bad.

  17. There are two kinds of photography: the documentary kind where you are faithfully recording what happens in the often boring real world and there is the kind where you are producing through whatever means a vision that pops into your imagination. It might require several images taken at different times and places and lots of creative post work to produce something that wouldn't happen in the real world in a trillion years. It is through this second type that the professional can produce a creative image way beyond what a mirrorless camera can automate.

  18. Sony's mirrorless advances has put hot coals in the pants of Canon and Nikon hence all competitors better bring the goods to compete at or before photokina this year. And yes DSLRs will disolve away like 8 track tapes. There are no options, thousands of pros are switching as I write.😀

  19. The camera is a small part of the overall equation. The specs of the camera matter less and less with each generation. It takes a lot more than dynamic range and histogram review to make a great photo. Look at some of the greats like Annie Leibovitz or David LaChapelle. What they can do is not the same as what someone with an EVF can do simple because they have one. If anything this is basically wave 2 of what happened when Canon made the AE-1. Exposure is confusing to the masses, and overstated by the hobbyist and enthusiast. A pro knows how to get it right pretty much no matter what. But again, that is only a small part of the final result. Who cares how great your exposure is if all you are shooting is your cat hanging out on a rock in your yard or some boring bridge going over a stream near your house. The eye of the artist is so much more important. People are too focused on gear and features they might never even use; so many are just not realistic about what they are going to be doing. I started shooting sports more, but it is little kids so I think the 10,000 dollar 400mm F2.8 is probably not gonna happen LOL!

  20. ISO is not setting any sensitivity. The base ISO of your camera sensor is the real sensitivity. Anything above that, is electronic amplification of the signal by the camera's processor, after the exposure. Also: you'll always need professionals to do what you need them to do. HomeDepot and home power tools did not kill plumbers. In fact, they made them even wealthier. At your wedding, you won't be taking pics, and you won't trust the young cousin to do it. You still need a professional. It's just that the pro now will make less money/hour from photography.

  21. I worked in the 80s on film too – the discipline that it gave makes it even more special to work with mirrorless. On a mirrorless I can adapt any manual lens – even my enlarger lenses. The creativity with both pre (in camera) and post processing is enormous. I have some very good light weight manual lenses and I just used them for a professional video shoot with a 700gm tripod. I was also able to do the kind of hand held work due to ibis. In short certain kinds of fluid movement not possible to get with a tripod. The mirrorless system has revolutionized the craft – the EVF makes me see what the sensor sees – dynamic range makes it possible to relight differently different parts of the image – making it possible to use less external lights. Again ergonomic. The problem is many professional photographers feels they charge for heavy equipment and with equipment growing lighter and it becoming possible to have lighter more minimal setups – there is a certain resistance. Ultimately the tools we have now are far better and we have to constantly keep improving our craft

  22. When I had a studio back in the 70s we used 35mm medium format and 5×4
    Nikon Rollie and MPP cameras, developed printed and mounted our work.
    Using a glazing machine was an art in itself.
    People had more respect for the photographer because they new it was a
    quite a skill.
    I would like a time machine to go back with today’s equipment.

  23. Are we talking about taking pictures, or MAKING photographs? Yes, for ambient light, the Mirrorless is certainly better, but, get into a studio or MAKE a photo with lighting and mirrorless cameras are useless, as the camera is looking at the ambient light, NOT the pulse from the studio flash. Writers of light (true photographers) will always be in demand, much like movie studios are in demand, or music recording studios are in demand. WHY? It's called control, and pros are in control, not hacking away. Cameras are just appliances. They are light recorders, nothing more. Speed drills did not replace screwdrivers, neither will a mirrorless camera replace the mind of the creator holding the camera.

  24. Walmart has self check out lines, banks have auto teller machines. Even with this tech, Wallmart still has cashiers, and Banks still have tellers. Same applies to photography. there will still be people who want to be serviced, and people who want to self-serve. As the camera gets smarter, making photography easier, self-serve gets easier and less risky. I think the market for paid-to-take-pictures jobs will decrease, and the competition for the fewer gigs will drive out jobs.

  25. Sorry got baited into this, being a professional photographer is more than capturing an image, understanding image usage, context and communication. Many photographers have been aware of this argument for a while. since the argument was raised in the 2000s when digital replaced film. It’s argument is old but relevant. Many photographers don’t just understand how technically to expose a shot. Photographers are now taught website design, page layout and relevance. This argument doesn’t include how we work as a professional, professional standards which is how we conduct ourself with clients. This comes from experience. Unfortunately your mirrorless dslr cannot do this automatically. As I tell clients, your mate could do it but you are paying me for my wealth of experience. The experience of planning to time schedules, lighting, correcting mistakes or just tailoring to specific look. That’s not even touching on creative lighting. A professional is often more experienced at getting things done. Your refining the argument through the filter or replication but what if the image needs representation, this would involve a knowledge of psychology , visual coding and decoding and image communication. Many photographers limit them selves to just reproducing a section of reality, but what when you need to tell a narrative within a sequence of images, or have a direct coding of a message embedded in the visual language of the image? If you have not had the training or experience of understanding how all this effect audience participation with an image then you are less likely to be able complete the job effectively.

    Still love ya videos been a while since I commented

  26. Mirrorless cameras won't eliminate professional photography. Camera phones have already done the job of significantly narrowing the scope of advanced and professional photography. Most amateur photographers prefer their phones anyway. The impact on professional photography with mirrorless cameras won't be that significant since the vast majority of non pros will just use their phones for non professional venues. I Like mirrorless because of less dependence on chimping. Wsysiwig is useful for ambient light but useless for studio photography.

  27. I think photography is changing, and the professional who will adapt to the new technologies will be successful. Yes it’s getting easier to take an image and share them instantly with friends, but “excellent skilled” images will still need a photographer who knows how to compose and use light. I watch my daughter and her friends who are in their late 20’s look at images and wonder how they can tell if the image was good, bad or great at the milliseconds they give to each image. Either they have great speed reading abilities far beyond those over 40 something or they have no appreciation for a fine photograph, and I find that sad.
    I’m not a professional but going out and taking the time to find a subject, compose a good shot and getting it to look it’s best in post; and then it ending up on the wall is rewarding. My point here is there’s more to what I think is a good image than just having the latest wiz bang camera that does everything including wiping your nose. You still need a good eye for composition, lighting and subject if you want something worthy of hanging on your wall, or sell to be on someone else’s wall. So yes the professional in my opinion is or will still be relevant.

  28. Yeah, this is one of the main reasons why I use of Canon FD lenses. I'm not a photographer though. I'm a videographer wanting to make documentary films. For me mirrorless cameras are important because I need to see what I'm getting in camera because none of these camera shoot RAW video. I don't have time for color correcting and grading footage, so the camera needs to accomplish all that.

    Yet the old lenses give me that tactile feel that is missing in the modern lenses if you ask me. I come fro ma music background so working with images is new to me. For me the audio in my videos is more important than the video footage. I hate the audio quality in these cameras. That's why I went with a camera preamp. So turning dials and manually manipulating things with my hands to express what is in my head is perfectly natural.

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