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Chicago Sun-Times Fires all Staff Photographers in Favor of iPhones

First, Apple (NASDAQ: NYSE) killed off CDs, now it’s on its way to doing the same thing to books. Now, it appears that it’s iPhone is putting photographers out of business. Appleinsider reported that the Chicago Sun-Times fired all of its staff photographers on Friday.

The newspaper isn’t getting rid of pictures. Instead, it’s training all of its reporters on how to use an iPhone to take pictures of high enough quality for publication.

Candid photos and videos are taking over the media. Appleinsider points out that many of the images the country saw from the recent EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma came from still imagery and short videos posted to sites like Vine.

Does that mean that the newest iPhone can capture images comparable to professional-quality SLRs? Nothing takes the place of a high quality camera in the hands of a skilled photographer but the Chicago Sun-Times is willing to take that chance.

As newspapers find it increasingly difficult to remain profitable as an increasing amount of readers absorb media from online sources, laying off 28 photographers in exchange for amateur camera-phone operators is a cost-cutting measure as well as the Chicago Sun-Times betting that candid images will be just as popular among readers.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker was long Apple.

 

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