The 20 years I have invested in the art of photography aren't going to go to waste. I still have the need/want to shoot and create images that I enjoy with varying types of camera's and also to teach people how to use their camera's and learning the importance of light with flash. I just don't have the want to be in the failing camera sales industry where people can buy equipment from Best Buy or alike and not learn anything about that product from the person whom is selling it, they just buy it there because its $3 cheaper or even the same price. That same issue applies to people who find the need to buy it online. You are hurting your local economy no matter your justification. There is a HUGE need stores like this and our team of camera experts. Sadly, a lot people can't see the value in our experience hence the reason why Jessops in the U.K. closed, that and the manufacturer's creating such low profit margins . This bothers me immensely.
The photography industry has seen many, many changes in a very short space of time. From when I started it was ALL film and Professional Photographers were people who knew their camera's and how to get the shots done correctly. No reliance on computer manipulation and the other apparent resources now available to anyone with a computer. It's kind of sad really. On the plus side we are now seeing very creative images, we are also seeing massive "fads", that are cool one day and old news the next day and with that new photographers daily and equally out of it just as fast.
Anyway's I am not here to slam anybody. Just letting you all know I have enjoyed my ride. I have made many great friends and I wish well for all my customers. I am still going to work part time at the camera store for a while so don't worry, I am not just going to disappear over night. I will still continue on at the photoclub. That is something I am really enjoying, even though my "ranty" blog posts might not suggest that. Who knows, maybe I will find myself shooting the odd wedding or two. Hard to throw away experience of over 100 wedding.
Thanks everyone. It's been a "slice".