The opening of Frederic Filloux’s latest Monday Note was what I resonated with most:
Moores Law has killed [photojournalism] in at least two ways.
First, it provided gear that makes it almost impossible to take a technically bad picture and, at the same time, it expanded the photographers creative space.
Then, smartphones broke loose: they allowed hundreds of millions people to snap decent pictures and to broadcast them all over the planet.
Between the global deluge of images and the devastated news media economy, the old photojournalism has all but died.
His article takes a turn as he looks at how mobile apps, specifically those designed for photography post-production, have taken off:
But the more momentous game changer occurred over the last three years when a new breed of photographers harnessed the power of social media to promote their works and skills. All of a sudden, a pool of new talent got access to a global marketplace, showcasing their images, reaching new customers.
This summarizes the commoditization of photography that has effectively stopped me from shooting with my Canon 5D Mark II a couple years ago.