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Old June 29th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #46
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Re: 10 videographers at a wedding!

Everyone probably saw the pics comparing the latest Pope announcement vs. the last one - a flock of small LCD panels dominate the "current" one. Not just one or two, but ALMOST EVERY hand raised!!

Certainly cameras are getting better, but there's still plenty of "consumer grade" stuff (as in it's pretty NASTY image quality wise) that people "think" is great... yep, I'm sure the odds are with the game of "if you shoot enough shots some will be good", but that's a lot of drek!

And there are LOTS of situations where a simple bit of professional gear makes ALL the difference between a crappy photo, a "good" photo, and a GREAT photo. If people are satisfied with "so-so", I guess that's fine, but if it's ALSO getting in the way of GREAT, that IS a problem... I've had guests just wander into and out of shots like they "belong" there, when they DEFINITELY did not! If they are snapping pix with a cheap-o P&S to top it off, it's even more rediculous! Sadly, I don't think people understand quality differences and why some gear and some expense is necessary if you want really good results...

And too, the skill of the camera operator is a HUGE factor - all the gear in the world WILL NOT compensate for lack of talent! Sure, you COULD "crowdsource" but this is uncomfortably close to being the equivalent of 1000 monkeys with typewriters....

Shooting "professionally" is more and more of a challenge with everyone and their dog (cats too) having a camera... the opportunity for mediocrity has expanded exponentially... and the likelyhood that your shot will get blocked by a stupid LCD from someone not thinking and just doing whatever is certainly an increasing frustration!
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