Why Sports Illustrated laid off all of its photographers



Can news organizations endure without photographers on staff?

Photographers have not been hit with a layoff of that scale since The Chicago Sun-Times cut its whole 28-individual photograph staff in 2013. The paper said it might use freelance photographers and request its reporters to do a bit of shooting of the own, though it did wind up rehiring four.

The move by Sports Illustrated, possessed by Time (TIME), was especially remarkable because exquisite photos predominate its print pages and internet articles. And while it appears unimaginable for a publication so reliant on high-quality pictures to cut its photographers, it'd just six of them on its staff.

Sports Illustrated needed to enlarge its coverage, and also the staff shifts were part of its own strategy to perform that, spokesman Scott Novak told CBS MoneyWatch. "It turned out to be a tactical decision to approach photography in a daring new manner which will give us access girls swimwear to more resources around the globe and also to keep the standard of quality that Sports Illustrated enthusiasts are utilized to."

Novak included that readers should not see any difference in the publication's pictures.

Sports photographers said they weren't surprised concerning the move simply because they've saw the magazine use more pictures from external sellers through the years. Flying staff photographers all over the world and picking up their journey, accommodation and other expenses "gets very expensive very fast, and that I'm certain Time was looking at it as a small business choice," said Haim Ariav, creator of Lustrous End by Lifetouch, a sports photography company in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

It can be considerably less expensive to hire local photographers and ask them to upload their pictures over the Internet to Sports Illustrated's servers, Ariav included. "There will be a lot of talent out there in the freelance pool, and that I think Sports Illustrated has comprehended that," he said.

As innovative cameras and lenses have grown to be much more affordable, there are far more photographers in the marketplace than before, along with the younger ones who grew up with technology have more comprehensive abilities, said Larry Bashore, president of VSN Photography, a sports photography business in Sinking Spring, Penn.

From an industry viewpoint, Sports Illustrated's layoffs were unavoidable, Bashore girls swimwear said. "Appreciation of 'amazing' pictures continues to be declined through the years," he told CBS MoneyWatch. "As digital technology has really exploded, we're bombarded with pictures like no time before, and increasingly we see the pictures on small apparatus."



Progress in technology even let publications to pull a digital still photo from a video.

That does not mean conventional photography is on the way out. "The times continue to evolve," Ariav included.

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