devaluation of established models

More on the rising tide of amateurs:

“In order for technical progress to happen, capital must be moved away from established businesses and into risky new technologies. This only happens, if the established businesses start to reject capital, because they start to produce cheaper. In other words: The rate, at which we develop new technologies derives from the rate at which older technologies are devaluated.”

“I see people who don’t have any photographic background at all setting their cameras on auto and using multi segment metering to solve many difficult problems. Their pictures may not be as good as a skilled professional and they may not be able to produce under any and all conditions. But, they’re good enough for most people.”

“The barriers for entry to this market have been virtually removed. Pro photographers must raise their game. It’s slowly happen with logo design, it’s happening with magazines. What you’re going to find is your non-specific ‘filler’ or ‘scenery’ shots will have to compete with the millions of amateurs.”

“People release generic stuff for free and the value (cost) of those generic things go down. This is the same way things are going in the software industry, generic is free but you still have to hire people to make the generic specific to your needs.”

“Pros can take orders to do shots that aren’t available elsewhere, and charge accordingly. Software developers do this a lot – making alternatives for software for niche markets, or adding modules to existing Open Source software to connect with little-used other systems.”

These are extracts of comments on a rather simplistic article (Why Photographers Hate Creative Commons) on license misuse in photography. Some of the later comments are a lot more interesting than the article itself. Probably nothing new, but together they sum up many of the perspectives on the blurring of the lines between pro and amateur in many fields. (Proof in and of itself of the wisdom of crowds?) “Good enough,” generic, cheap, low barrier to entry… you get the idea.


~ by Jin on May 20, 2009.

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