Print is dead!

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Rick Knepper
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I haven't made a print in 7 years
In reply to manhattan, 4 months ago

Back in the day, I bought an $800 Canon printer and printed a few things. Then I bought an NEC 2690 in 2007 with Spectraview (to calibrate the monitor for help with the printing). While editing images on this new, wondrous monitor, I realized that I that had the perfect media in which display my work - the monitor itself. I am in front of that monitor 6-8 hours per day whether I am editing photos, surfing, emailing, buying online etc. Since I photograph for my own pleasure anyway, why not display my work as a Desktop background for near constant viewing. The monitor has the same surface area as 19x13 photo paper. I view the images from 18 inches away and the detail is easy to see. When I upgrade this monitor and my HDTV, it will be to 4k and I will need more resolution not less.

DSLRs have always been a niche market. The market expanded in 2003 at the advent of affordable digital SLRs (this is what sucked me in plus the cr@ppy IQ of compact digitals) and may indeed contract back again closer to the levels prevalent during the film era but for these types of cameras, there will always be the professionals and the geeks.

manhattan wrote:

With the exception of wedding, commercial and senior portraits I think with the exception of the occasional photograph that print is dead. People are much more interested in simply sharing for a moment on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. They are not interested in the extreme quality that a D810/5D can produce as long as the photo captures them in an exceptional location, pose or group setting. There are exceptions of course, but really makes you wonder what the future of photography is? We already have seen phones basically destroy the low end point and shoot market. People are happy with less and showing they are simply not interested in paying for more.

I have been thinking about upgrading to a new D810 for several reasons, but wonder if the only person who will really appreciate any improvements will be me. I seriously don't think others will either notice or appreciate.

Maybe this is our "CD Moment"? Just like when the obvious quality in vinyl records was replaced by cheap and inferior sounding CDs. Digital makes it easy, light, portable and shareable. Hmmm.

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