Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/21

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Subject: [Leica] Easy decisions for M9 or not
From: wendythurman at (Wendy Thurman)
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:54:58 +0430
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I don't know much about this so have remained an innocent bystander.  I
would mention that, on the recent workshop I attended in Provence, the
workshop leader (who does photographic work for Nat Geo Traveler) mentioned
that wildlife/nature photography was the best paying area these days.
Fifteen years ago I managed to sell the occasional underwater shot but it
was tough then- I imagine it's very hard these days.


On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM, Mark Rabiner <mark at> 

> > I have been wondering why so much recycled rubbish is presented as fresh
> new
> > and creative; as work to aspire to. It seems that the answer is that the
> > artificial creation by big money of massive impersonal stock libraries is
> > destroying good photography.
> > So should we leave stock photography for the robots and make do without
> an M9
> > unless we have an independent income?
> >
> > Gordon
> I don't think that massive impersonal stock libraries is destroying good
> photography as the people doing good photography ignore them. They've found
> no reason to have heard of it.
> The images I see in magazines and on the walls of galleries have never been
> better. Photography is doing fine.
> Stock is accessible on the internet to just about anybody who wants to
> justify a large slice of their personal wealth being tied up in camera
> gear.
> And get tax write-offs on it. So we get lots of people willing to work for
> nothing. In the 80s and 90s stock was an option in making a living doing
> photography. But now its just real tough. Somebody wanting to be do pro
> photography will just have to get real clients!
> Tons of stock agencies out there not just the bad biggies.
> There will always be a market for quality work the problem is seldom the
> market its the individual professional artist craftsman; or lack of.
> Photography has more than its share of shock artists. Much more than its
> share. To me they're the enemy more than the idiots out there who just want
> the lowest bidder. There will always be those guys.
> Mark William Rabiner
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