Bet that title got your attention. If you haven't heard the bleating yet the PSP has changed its policy regarding the herds--or is that hordes--of photogs that frequent PSP events. Now I'm not going to try and convince you this was a good idea--or a bad idea. I am agnostic when it comes to the policy but otherwise sympathetic concerning its' intent. As regulars know I am not a fan of paintball's brand of vanity photography. Sorry. I'm tired of the amateurs playing at being a photographer and the professionals whining about cheap players undervaluing their genius and all of them acting as if they are entitled to turn a buck at somebody else's event.
It wasn't all that long ago the herd was bitching because players constantly low-balled them on pricing--but what did they expect when there were dozens of photographers to choose from? Then the league started charging a fairly modest fee for a pass and the herd roared against that unfairness too. (The only thing wrong with the fee was that it was too low. There were still too many photographers hanging about still getting squeezed but this time in both directions.) And now there's the newest policy. Truth is that while we're always hearing from the herd they aren't the only sort of photographers working PSP events.
And that distinction is going to be more fully recognized with the new policy. Photographers and videographers representing the Media will be provided access. (On what basis I don't know.) As will photographers and videographers working for league sponsors. It's not like events will be blacked out all of a sudden. There will be plenty of peeps making a visual record of the events--just like there have been in the past. What there (apparently) won't be is the same sized herd of vanity photographers.
Before you start in on the usual harangues let's address them right now.
It will limit paintball's exposure. Baloney. It may limit the PSP's exposure but surely that's their call, right?
It's a lot of hard work for a small return, if that. Not my problem--or the PSP's for that matter. Unless somebody kidnapped you and put a gun to your head and forced you to take pictures all day it was something you chose to do and nobody owes you anything for it.
Players are cheapskates. Not the PSP's fault.
Players and teams will lose out if the prices to shoot vanity goes up. What is really meant here is that players and teams will not value the product sufficiently to pay the extra cost if it goes too high. And this is the PSP's fault how?
Real sports don't charge photographers. No, they supply legit professionals media credentials (which the PSP will be doing) and real photographers don't photograph the players and fans at the Super Bowl trying to sell them vanity shots of their experience at the big game.
League sponsors will hire cheap not good to fulfill their media requirements. Again, if true, not the PSP's fault. You don't like their hiring practices take it up with them.
In the past the herd was allowed to grow out of control but now it needs to be culled. Hey, circle of life and all that. Hakuna Matata. A (self) select few will still be allowed to do the vanity photo thing but their numbers will be restricted and the fee raised. We could continue to debate the fees being charged but not the merits. Their league their rules.
The intent all along has been to find some balance wherein the league retains control of access but those interested in vanity photography have suppliers and those suppliers can turn a profit. Is it the right balance this time? I don't know, maybe, maybe not. But it's certainly not a get richer scheme or a crush the little guy under our jackboot plot either. Like it, don't like it, that's fine just don't be stupid about it.
[Disclaimer: my personal opinion. Nothing to do with the league. I couldn't resist the title though, it was too funny.]