Ok guys and girls this has been bothering me for awhile and now its time to ask. I have been a photographer pretty much all my life, started with film and moved to digital. Not a pro just someone who enjoys the art and working with different people. One thing I always see from people claiming to be "pros" is that they are not able to keep or losing business to people that are starting out. I know there are people out there who should not be shooting weddings and are but some of these new photographers are really good and are trying to get there name out there.
When we all shot film the price of learning and getting from exposure to print was expensive. To much for some to try to learn.
Now that the price of learning, giving someone a cd with prints, doing a tfp, or even getting your captures printed has gone down, why do people expect the same amount of money for the event?
I realize the time editing adds into the cost but sometimes a $1000 dollars for a wedding is going to get you a very good new photographer. So if your asking for $5000 you are looking at a different client and should not be affected.
So thats it. Why do you all think that even though for the most part the cost of the event to the photographer has gone down the price they expect to recieve has stayed the same?
p.s. computers, printers, color calibration, gear. Its all on the table for discussion.
Thanks for all the input in advance