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The end of the still photographer

January 27, 2012 - Michael Palmer
When cameras first were made digital, my college photo professor said, "If they develop a decent auto focus for these things we are all out of a job."

There were very few photographers capable of focusing a long lens during a sporting event with any amount of success. I shot football in daylight with a 600mm lens and a Minolta SR-T 101.

Technology is both a friend to the amateur photographer and the professional, but it has made taking 'good' photos a snap. The digital cameras then became even easier to use as the internal metering and auto focus were perfected. The increase in mega-pixels and ISO sensitivity spelled the end of the professional photographer as a "skilled" artist.

Taking photos became easy, and now the fatal blow. Nikon has developed a camera which takes HD video and during that filming you can take stills.

I am a dinosaur, soon to be extinct like the T-Rex and Colepiocephale. It is not a perfect system, but with the advances in technology coming at an increasingly rapid pace, it will not be very long before the photographer is gone like Elevator Operators, Bowling Alley Pinsetters and Switchboard Operators.

Check the Nikon Web site:


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