As photographic technology and market trends continue to evolve at a rapid rate in our digital era, many of the latest advancements occur in the professional arena before filtering down to prosumer and amateur photographers. One such sector in a constant state of change is the photo printing and output market. InfoTrends, a leading worldwide market research and consulting firm for the digital industry, recently released an interesting study examining how these advancements influence customer preferences and create new revenue opportunities for photographers who recognize these shifts and adapt accordingly.
While browsing through my archives recently, I rediscovered a fascinating 1944 magazine piece in which several artists, photographers and educators offered their views and expectations of photography after World War II. The article, which appeared in Popular Photography, gave new meaning to the famous Winston Churchill quote “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
As you might suspect, the photographic industry has been greatly impacted by the horrible devastation of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the ongoing nuclear crisis. While we continue to pray for the injured and those who lost their lives, it’s not too soon to acknowledge the severe impact the March 11 disaster and it’s aftermath has had on many of the world’s leading camera and accessory companies.
One of the best ways to gauge near-term trends in the photo industry is to
take a look at what types of cameras are being purchased and what methods photographers
use to output their images. We just received an interesting report from the
Photo Marketing Association (PMA) that provides someup...
A decade ago pundits were describing the business of photography as a "sunset
industry," suggesting that the "smart money" should look elsewhere
for innovation and profits. Then came the digital revolution which not only
changed the manner in which we capture, share...
We heard an unsettling report on the radio last night regarding an awarding-winning
Toledo Blade photographer who recently resigned after admitting that he digitally
altered the content of a photograph that was published on the newspaper's
front page. The image by Allan Detrichshowe...
We just returned from Las Vegas after attending this year's PMA International
Convention and Tradeshow, and one of the highlights of the event for those of
us in the media is the "Sneak Peak" that takes place on the afternoon
before the convention opens. Thisinf...
Innovation in the photographic industry has traditionally taken place at the
high end of the market. Manufacturers typically invest in research and development
to perfect new technologies that are unveiled in pro-oriented products before
Even though the calendar says it is mid-October, we are currently in production
on the January, 2007 issue of Shutterbug magazine. That means it is once again
time to take stock of where we've been and where we are going. To that
end, we decided to look back at the turn of thisnew...
Those of you who are regular readers of Shutterbug and visitors to shutterbug.com
know that our magazine and website offer more than comprehensive product reviews
and in-depth instructional tutorials for advanced amateur and professional photographers.
While our primary...