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    Social Media (facebook et al) is 'the thing' these days, anyone who wants to be someone is filling the web with me, me, ME.

    Is it killing 'the art' of photography ?

    It seems that more and more 'popular' locations are becoming inundated with folk with cameras. It does not matter if they are phones, compact cameras or the whole slr gear thing, they all want 'the shot' - just like everyone else.

    A blog entry I found recently (sorry, rather a long one) describes one professional photographers take on things -

    https://www.paulreiffer.com/2019/07/...disrespectful/

    How are others on this forum finding things, compared with a few years back ? Is it really getting worse ?

    If it is getting worse, any ideas on avoiding or lessening problems for us so we can take the shot ?

    Note - there has already been a similar post on the forum -

    https://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthr...+photographers

    The above would seem to show this is not a new problem.

    David

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    Unfortunately the social Media impact is here to stay as are camera phones, though interestingly they’re becoming more camera as time goes on...
    I didn’t get where I am today....

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      Is this a bit like saying "No-one can sketch or paint unless they are professional artists"..............
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        Adapt or die, can be applied to an awful lot of things as times and technology change.

        As one door closes another opens, who knew you could make money from a video showing an item being unboxed.

        Those who don't change get left behind, way of the world and always has been

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          I don't think social media has killed photography as a profession any more than mobile phone cameras have. If anything 'really good' photography is now more important than ever in this highly visual age but maybe many 'professionals' were just not up to it?

          Digital cameras have made photography easier for everyone even if Facebook and websites do not need ultra-high resolution images. Maybe many of those who considered themselves 'professionals' were too easily replaced by a well aimed digital camera? What does that say?

          There are of course concerns that Facebook and other social media sites are fuelling a mental health epidemic but that is an entirely different matter.
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            The usual I.q of photos on there is so poor it’s laughable .. it will peak and drop out of sight in a few years in the cycle of things , we are overdue for something new anyway

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              Originally posted by blackfox View Post
              we are overdue for something new anyway
              I tried on a V.R. headset a few days ago. It was astounding! It showed the interior of the Space Station. My partner tried it and she nearly fell over and I had to steady her!

              Jim

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                Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                I tried on a V.R. headset a few days ago. It was astounding! It showed the interior of the Space Station. My partner tried it and she nearly fell over and I had to steady her!

                Jim
                There was some talk about 3D television being unhealthy and/or dangerous a while back but I am not sure why. If this is correct I presume VR would carry the same risks?
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                  Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
                  There was some talk about 3D television being unhealthy and/or dangerous a while back but I am not sure why. If this is correct I presume VR would carry the same risks?
                  I guess so. The theory was that you are inside the Space Station and you use a pair of hand controllers that appeared as green hands suspended in front of you to pull yourself through the Station. I was sitting down and it felt that I was stationary and was pulling the Station past me. An altogether different (and less disorientating) sensation.

                  Try VR if you get the chance - it will be several hours before you stop smiling!

                  Jim

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                    Originally posted by Jim Ford View Post
                    Try VR if you get the chance - it will be several hours before you stop smiling!

                    Jim
                    I will. Is the resolution really good now?
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                      A couple of years ago we tried VR at the Tim Peake's Spacecraft exhibition at Peterborough Catherdral. You were sitting in the return capsule during re-entry and could turn you head or spin round in your chair to see every bit of the inside. The quality was not high enough to dissorientate though.
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                        Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
                        I will. Is the resolution really good now?
                        I couldn't use it with my spectacles, so I can't really judge, but my partner said it was sharp.

                        Jim

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                          Re: Social Media killing our profession

                          Originally posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
                          There was some talk about 3D television being unhealthy and/or dangerous a while back but I am not sure why. If this is correct I presume VR would carry the same risks?

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                            Apparently VR has been found to cause shortsightedness and something called " Cyber Nausea". In that respect its no different to reading the News sites, The Guardian site, CNN, Brexit posts and many other sites we all visit.

                            Jax

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                              Originally posted by MJ224 View Post
                              Is this a bit like saying "No-one can sketch or paint unless they are professional artists"..............
                              As an obscure one time professional artist, I totally agree with that notion.

                              Originally posted by Jax View Post
                              Apparently VR has been found to cause shortsightedness and something called " Cyber Nausea". In that respect its no different to reading the News sites, The Guardian site, CNN, Brexit posts and many other sites we all visit. Jax
                              As a pubescent boy I was told that VR can lead to blindness. Regardless of how vigorous, it didn't.
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