Todd Lambert wrote in post #13760406
Jay, Non-qualified people are constantly hired in lots of industries. It's a daily affair actually. The difference is that these are paid, salaried positions rather than freelance work, like much of photography is.
I'm familiar in passing with the "Peter Principle" but my "salaried" days are dwarfed by my time as a freelancer.
I read the title as being: Are amateurs destroying photography?
To me, that's not really anything to do with wedding photographers, which many are considered the bottom feeders in the photography industry.
Wow... Kinda throwing one aspect of the industry under the bus a little here aren't we? Why call them out?
Are we talking about destroying photography or destroying the photography business (as it pertains to wedding photographers and studio portraits)? I don't see how amateurs are replacing or affecting product photography, commercial photography, fashion, food photography, etc..
I couldn't begin to put hard numbers to it, but I'd bet the rent that there are many instances out there that go something like this:
- Employee of Widgets R Us buys Rebel + Kit Lens
- Family of Employee is impressed
- Employee begins to figure a few things out with Camera (maybe even gets off Green Box)
- Family is more impressed and tells Employee how good he is
- Employee brings camera to work one day
- Boss sees Rebel and asks Employee if Employee is a "Photographer"
- Employee sees slide show in own head of Family singing his praises
- Employee answers "You Bet Boss!"
- Boss has Employee shoot for Widgets R Us for no additional compensation
- Employee is Happy Camper (he or she doesn't know any better)
- Boss is Happy Camper (damn well knows better but he's not stupid and so he "settles" for what Employee can do because it's freakin' FREE!)
Now, every time this happens, that's a gig at which a full time shooter will never get a crack. Everything happens behind closed doors and behind walls and none of it ever sees the light of day. No bids. No contracts. No referrals. No Nothing...
Multiply the above scenario by the millions of T2i, T3i and 60Ds that are out there. And I mean the cameras that are in the hands of the unwashed masses who've never given the "art" of photography a passing thought. They literally just turn it on and press the button.
And I still don't see how amateurs hurt photography. The more the merrier and the cream floats to the top as it always has.
Once upon a time, maybe it did but as I laid out above, the "Dairy Men" don't care about the cream anymore. They just want to milk the cow for free.