LEARNING FROM LEGENDS
[ By Lindsay Comstock ]
Three pho Tography mas Ters reveal secre Ts To surviving The business
When Bob Krist, Nancy Brown and Dave Black began their careers, the path for a photographer was fairly straightforward. Sit-down portfolio reviews
with editors of the most renowned publications were a reality.
And photography was a medium requiring a conscious development of the practice, not yet a mode for the level of instant
gratification digital technology has imparted.
EntEring a BravE nEw world
If the 20th century marked an era for recording the decisive
moment, then the 21st century must be a whole lot more
interesting. With an eye to the future, our hands on the hottest new gear, and our brains programmed for social networking, we are no longer discriminate about captured moments.
Today, Facebook boasts more than 250 million photo uploads,
and Flickr, more than one million—daily—making the case that
more people than ever consider themselves a photographer to
some degree of the word.
A lot has changed since many university photo programs
were designed, and much of the academic sphere is striving to
catch the swiftly progressing current of industry development.
Yesterday’s imagery du jour may have been über-Photoshopped
and hyper-realistic HDR; today it’s light-leaks and digitally pro-
duced vintage film grain; tomorrow we could discover vivid new
realms with plenoptic lenses or be back relearning the analog
techniques that landed us here in the first place—or both. But
who has time to perfect the style of the day when one’s life is
consumed with Web site updates, blogging, tweeting, posting
and enhancing one’s online identity? Let’s face it, to be competi-
tive as a photographer today, you must not only have stellar
camera skills but also be versed as a videographer, designer,
journalist and savvy business person.