Humorous Video Provides a Look into the Crisis in the Profession of Professional Photography

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The profession of professional photography and the consumers that buy that photography are confronted by a crisis that grows with each passing day. College students, soccer moms and even high school students without any training in photography are marketing their services to the buying public. These untrained camera owners are photographing weddings, senior portraits, family reunions and other once in a lifetime events without any training in photography and the average consumer has no idea until it is too late!

The profession of professional photography and the consumers that buy that photography are confronted by a crisis that grows with each passing day. College students, soccer moms and even high school students without any training in photography are marketing their services to the buying public. These untrained camera owners are photographing weddings, senior portraits, family reunions and other once in a lifetime events without any training in photography and the average consumer has no idea until it is too late!

In this short, humorous video the fictional character of Newfus is the new face of professional photography. From his "lemonade style" photo stand in his front yard, he attempts to sell passersby a photograph for 25 cents or wedding photography for $29.95. Newfus and his client quickly learn of his limited skills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn-w7fDH6y4 Jeff Smith, Professional Photographer, author of 13 books about professional photography and owner of Smith & Co. Studios, a Senior Portrait Studio in Fresno, Ca., created this video to encourage those camera owners that want to pursue a career as a professional photographer to actually learn about photography before trying to work with clients, as well as trying to educate the buying public about this growing problem. Every person learning photography has to start somewhere, but paying clients are not the training ground for our profession.

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