Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon D5000, Nikon D90, Olympus Pen E-P1 what do they all have in common? Well if you are reading this you probably know they shoot still pictures and video. These are not like the little point and shoots that can take youtube quality video they shoot HD video. With the move towards having one camera that can take pro quality pictures and HD video is the current form of photography and the current role of the photographer going by the wayside? I don’t think so!!!!!

First I am a HUGE fan of these DSLR cameras that shoot HD video. I think this is a huge game changer not for the photography world but in the video realm. Now People who wanted to make an indie film or music video can do so on a dirt cheap budget. Look at the success of Paranormal Activity. This movie cost $15K to make, it topped $100 million dollars in sales and the director just signed a deal with Paramount for $7 million dollars. This shows the sky is the limit for indie directors that could not break into the movie industry. BUT I have digressed from the topic at hand, photography.

Photography is changing and that is a fact of life. People have to be smarter and work a little bit harder to find their niche in the photography world. But that goes for anything in life. Look, I think (I am not claiming to be an expert, I just play one on the internet) the opportunity for photographers is enormous, no GIGANTIC right now. There are sites like Animoto that allows people, pros or amateur, to create really nice slide shows and use them on the web or created DVD quality downloads.  The new Jay-Z video Empire State of Mind use some amazing pictures of New York.

I think this is a really cool time to be a photographer. With the new technology of stills and video merging in one camera, the internet allowing for great low cost marketing opportunities and being able to share your content all over the world. Just like for the indie film makers we photographers are only limited by what we don’t do. Technology has made it easier than ever to get our creative content out to the world.  Photography isn’t dying it’s just evolving.