Wm Leddon Studios

Wm Leddon Studios

Joined on Sep 1, 2011

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Wm Leddon Studios: I am a professional photographer of 35 years. I have been struggling over the last several years competing in this cut throat industry with shoot and burn, and unskilled amateur photographers. Therefore I don't have the volume of work I usually enjoy. When I am working on a photographic assignment, I need to have the necessary software to do the best job. When I'm not working, I don't want to have to continue to pay for software when I'm not generating income to support the ongoing monthly cost from Adobe. Also when I'm not working on an assignment, I am constantly researching and experimenting new techniques to improve image quality and test inkjet papers.

With this current Adobe pricing structure, it takes the choice away from me to upgrade to newer versions or not, and afford to continue to use a product even when business is slow or non existent.

It's not really a win for me at all if this move by Adobe weeds out the amateurs. The endless hours I spend refining my product means nothing to the modern consumer. All of my efforts go unappreciated by my commercial and portrait clients alike.

Mediocrity is the new standard for quote, "professional photography". All you need is a soccer mom with a camera. I recently watched an infomercial promoting canvas printing of your digital point and shoot camera and saying you don't need a professional photographer anymore.

The amount of time I spend refining images to produce a beautiful 40 x 60 canvas is only to satisfy my own standards and self satisfaction.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 00:20 UTC

I am a professional photographer of 35 years. I have been struggling over the last several years competing in this cut throat industry with shoot and burn, and unskilled amateur photographers. Therefore I don't have the volume of work I usually enjoy. When I am working on a photographic assignment, I need to have the necessary software to do the best job. When I'm not working, I don't want to have to continue to pay for software when I'm not generating income to support the ongoing monthly cost from Adobe. Also when I'm not working on an assignment, I am constantly researching and experimenting new techniques to improve image quality and test inkjet papers.

With this current Adobe pricing structure, it takes the choice away from me to upgrade to newer versions or not, and afford to continue to use a product even when business is slow or non existent.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 15:03 UTC as 439th comment | 3 replies
On MCX_4867s in the O is for Open challenge (2 comments in total)

My wife and I purchased some of the most beautiful Navajo necklaces here from a young Navajo woman who had her young daughter with her at the time. All the jewelry was displayed on a hand made rug on the floor. I've stopped here many times while on some of my photographic trips out west. It's cool to spot this photo here on DP. Thanks for posting, brings back memories. Saw my first scorpion here. On my prior trips, this was unoccupied. I always loved the way the shelter was built into the boulder. I have told the story of this place many times to friends and family. I have a few images of it on negative from back in the day. I'll have to try and dig them out sometime and scan them.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2012 at 20:35 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On The Art of HDR photography, part 4 article (14 comments in total)

People missed the point of shooting RAW at first too. We could have just shot with film and sent our images to fotomat. But no, serious photographers custom printed their own work.
I remember dedicated photographers like Ansel Adams who tried to squeeze every little bit of detail out of a negative. He was trying to tame Dynamic Range just like serious photographers do now using Raw files and the use of HDR processing. The point is to overcome the shortcomings of the technical aspects of the camera, just as we have since photography was invented...!!!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:09 UTC as 4th comment
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