If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is heading, last night was a prime example. Relegated to taking full length fashion shots behind barricades, or shooting the stage from a balcony, pro photographers were by far outclassed by attendees taking and publishing their own images using their cell phones. They could only watch as publications worldwide went to twitter to find and publish the best images. If it wasn’t for the glamour aspect of having rows of Tuxedo dressed photographers continuously flashing the red carpet as celebrities bathe in the sweet flow of mass admiration, it is probable that the Academy would dismissed them all and let the participants photograph the event. After all, they make no money from the pictures taken and it does cost a lot to organize their presence.

via The Selfie heard all around the world | Thoughts of a Bohemian.

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  1. Let’s hear it for cell phones. Truly the conservation tool of the 21st Century. Just think how many megapixels and subsequent MBs of storage, not to mention editing time and energy, that has been saved from the senseless overkill of excessive captures on professional DSLRs.
    Why should tripe be captured in high def anyway?
    How efficient.

  2. Scott, my entry is not about cell phone photography vs DSLR. Rather , it is about how the most seen image of the Oscars was neither taken by a pro photographer nor published ( initially at least) on any traditional media. This is a strong sign of where our industry is going and something we should all reflect upon.

    • I think it is a real time fact not necessarily a strong sign.
      I think it redefines very clearly where our “industry”, at least certain disciplines, is right now.
      Social media’s expediency came at the cost of added, if any at all, value/revenue for content providers.
      The Pizza guy probably made more money than most photographers that night.

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