Note: This is a re-post dated September 21, 2012 from SmallCameraBigPicture.com.
I just found the video below that a couple friends of mine, Will Crockett from (Discovermirrorless) and Frederick Van Johnson (TWiP) made recently. It’s more of a recorded conversation then anything but its a very good convo and I think its one that we all need to be discussing. You’re on Small Camera Big Picture because either you’re interested in leaving the big DSLR’s behind or you are already holding the future of photography in your hands.
I’m thinking DSLRS’s got about 3 years left as the main imaging tool for the majority of pros but some will hold onto their DSLRs for deal life. Here’s a few reasons why -
- Photographers, especially pros, don’t like to change.Pro photogs will hold on to the ways of old until the pain from loss of revenue is so great they either go out of business or change. Other photographers will continue to believe they need 35mm sensors with 36 megapixels or more to be legit not realizing that the majority of their work ends up on facebook, while others will hold on to the “bigger is better” mentality of the mens club.
- Photography is currently a mens club.I really don’t like to say that but its true and it really sucks. What has happend with this mens club is an endless BS conversation of “bigger is better” mentality peppered with overly-technical language by many that really don’t have an idea what they are saying.Women are more into creating then talking tech and these conversations are not in talking tech. Every woman photographer I know is more interested in the creation process. The tech talk is soooo passee! The tech in mirrorless cameras are making it easier then ever to take that image in your minds eye and make it a reality. If a photographer is shooting smarter rather then harder they are talking less tech and more about the creation process. Men should get a clue and learn from the ladies here!
- Photographers don’t want to learn video. That’s cool, don’t…and watch your business shrink. Listen up people – video is not as hard as you think. You shoot video like you would stills but there are a few considerations. Learn to shoot video from other photographers not video or cinema pros who like to overly complicate things by adding on loads of additional gear. Where is your work ending up? Mostlikely its in an online gallery, Facebook, Google +, Youtube or Vimeo. You don’t need to spend years learning about all the knobs, levels, focus depth, codecs…blah blah blah
- Change can be scary. As you know, this year I sold off my DSLR kit for a Pen Mini. A few people thought that was nuts but most didn’t. I took a big creative and financial risk doing so. It was really scary and I had to think about it the move long and hard but I’m glad I did. Read – How to Overcome Fears using Micro 4/3rds in a Professional Environment.
How much time do you think there is for DSLRs dominance in the mainstream? What is it that you love about your mirrorless or DSLR and don’t want to give up? Keep the convo going in the comments below.
Two of the photo industry’s most respected educators chat about how, when, why DSLRs will be replaced by mirrorless cameras in the recent future. When do you switch over? Why would you? Are these guys nuts?
Frederick Van Johnson from thisweekinphoto.com and Will Crockett from discovermirrorless.com are both pro shooters, top photo educators, and they have recorded a recent convo that you get to hop in on.