FlyingPhotog wrote in post #12761161
My intent was not to say that participants here have a myopic view of photography. I was simply trying to make the point that there are far, far more photographers who've never been on any kind of internet board than have been.
If you don't believe me, do your own survey. Ask 10 other photographers to which sites do they contribute and I think you'll be surprised at the number of blank stares you get. I know that of the 40 members of the flesh and blood photo group to which I belong, virtually none of the Canon shooters have ever heard of POTN and only a handful of the entire membership were aware of any of the "brand-neutral" sites like Fred Miranda, Photo Camel or DPReview.
POTN (et al) are microcosms of the larger photography world.
i'm also aware of this - a lot of the younger shooters i know are aware of the internet communities, but they don't take part. many (not all) of the older guys don't even know/care.
Being Capable =/= What Is Required. At the pinnacle of commercial, you do what the client wants or you don't do the gig. If that means burning north of $250/frame for LF film, you better know what you're doing so you don't nuke your profits before you nail the shot.
At the pinnacle of commercial, the client is hiring you because of your vision. Perfect example that people here are familiar with: Chase Jarvis. He shoots for a wide variety of companies and bills six figures in many cases for his shoots. He has done work for Microsoft that looks like work he's done for The North Face. They are hiring him because they want HIS ideas and HIS vision applied to their product, because it is what the owners of the company hiring Chase believe will help them. Yes, they give him a brief, and a general outline of their vision, but they are not hovering over his shoulder at every move. They hired him because they trust him and HIS vision to upgrade the image of their company. If this weren't the case, high end commercial photography would be nothing more than a bunch of lemmings setting up lights while the client directed them.
The most miserable assignments I do are the ones where the clients are hovering over my shoulder telling me exactly what they want. And, surprise surprise, those are the only assignments that I ever get negative feedback on. When a high-end photographer is left to do the work that is in their head, the results are much better. Yes - you "do" what the client wants, that's the point, to execute the brief - but more importantly - the client KNOWS your style and is giving you the yoke, so to say, to produce images for them. Otherwise, why the heck are they hiring you?
Which brings me to my next point - if that vision includes using a LF camera, then so be it, if that vision includes small format digital, so be it - if the photographer can execute the brief with a 35mm digital, he probably will.