It seems like photography is morphing and changing as an industry as fast as the technology that supports it comes out.
As we all know, the one constant in technology is change.
It can be a little paralyzing to wonder where this industry and others like it will be in 10 or 15 years or even just 5 years from now.
Or even just one year from now.
What new gadget or program or app or phone or invention will change the stakes in photography?
And what will that mean for those of us that are still working through the commercial/business side of it?
The commercial photography industry is a competitive one. There’s an abundance of recent graduates of it or self taught shooters that are looking to make a living in it. There’s those of us that have previously graduated or have been working and building up experience. On top of those that have been working in the field for more than a few years, decades or more.
It also looks as if it’s splitting into two main areas: ones that can either keep up with the changes or set trends of their own and the ones that cannot and will struggle.
Even though change is normal, it’s still mind boggling at times. Standards have changed among all business professionals in and out of the field.
Standards for photography have shifted from a high quality that was much more difficult to obtain (via 4x5 and 8x10 large format cameras in the film days) to a high quality that can be captured by a much wider range of photographers, heavily experienced or not.
Currently 3,061 Instagram photos are posted in one second.
That is a serious amount of images that’s being shared.
More people than ever are online or connected to the web. With this overwhelming amount of content bombarding us every second, it’s gotten harder to focus.
It’s made it more of a priority to create and share high quality, meaningful content vs. sloppy, speedy, lower quality stuff.
In an age where pictures, videos, articles, and memes are all over the place, it’s key to be a bit more thoughtful and stingy with what we put out there.
I'll be pondering that and more as time goes on,