Brad Ward of SquaredPeg and BlogHighEd fame wrote a pretty good postyesterday about the new photo service Pixish.
It was the comment trail on this post between Brad and Tony Dunn of Tales of Redesign Land that inspired me to write this post. Brad and Tony (a fellow photographer) were discussing the effects of services like Pixish and Flickr most notably what they do to the professional photography market.
Tony said "this is another example of crowdsourcing, which is wonderful and cool and great for people looking for photos, but it seriously devalues the work of professionals who are trying to make a living"
Brad comes back with a great line that is so true "I merely want to use these images for areas like our forums and blogs, not for our main pages or for publications. For one, we pay someone to take those photos. However, he isn’t here past 5, and it’s hard to capture true student life between 8-5. We really like what Colby College is doing; and are using this to test the waters of having students take photos for our sites."
This is where they caught my attention.
It is so true, and I see it all the time. Most true campus life happens after FIVE.
What is the typical evening for most college students?
My experience is they all go to eat dinner and then from there it's a mystery. We commonly are on campus well past five to shoot "real" life events. (dorms, gym, intramurals, club meetings, varsity games, etc...)
I'm with Brad on this, there are some unbelievably talented student photographers out there that we should be utilizing. The problem is making compelling images that stand out, not just "grip and grin"..
How do we capture these moments in a real way to convey to prospective students that College doesn't end at Five O'Clock?
To see our entire online portfolio of admissions marketing photography goto: FJ GAYLOR Photography