Vintage Photography Career Video

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Vintage Photography Career VideoI’m not sure I’d describe this old vocational video as inspirational or motivational. But it is fun and it includes some interesting footage – especially of some disappearing aspects of analog photography like the darkroom and hand-retouching. It’s also interesting to consider how much photographic equipment has changed since the 1940’s, when the film was made. I think all of the professional photographers in the film are shown using large format cameras. Think about how much easier it is for us now, with relatively compact digital SLRs that give us instant feedback, no film limitations and no need for a darkroom! Whether it’s still relevant career guidance tool is questionable – but I sure found it entertaining. So, please enjoy this video for what it is and then tell us what inspired you to be a photographer!


Does anyone else remember working in the darkroom? Using sheet film? How about hand-retouching negatives? Things have definitely changed a lot since that film was made. Am I wrong in guessing that most of you started with a digital camera and not a film camera? So, how did you get started as a photographer? What was your first introduction to photography and when did you first feel like you might be a Photographer with a capital “P” and not just a snapshooter?

About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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