What hope is there for the modern professional photographer...

Started May 22, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: What hope is there for the modern professional photographer...

I suspect that you are right. I recently heard of a wedding photographer who was the wedding photographer of the year in Australia had to take up alternative employment due to the downturn in business.

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gipper51 wrote:

I'm not a pro so this opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

My opinion is that the market for consumer photography is only going to further erode. Wedding and portrait pros will continue to be hit hard, with the amateur shooters furthering the divide. The middle class wedding and portrait pros will have the hardest time surving, which have historically been the meat and potatoes of the industry. Much like the eroding middle class in America, these pros will continue to struggle and vanish leaving the market to the $500 part time wedding 'pros' and the uber high end.

Portrait pros cannot compete with chains like Walmart and Portrait Innovations at the lower end, and need to offer high end services to those looking for something more. This is a much smaller market and cannot sustain the number of pros out there now.

Pro photography will be better in the business-to-business areas. Architectural, product, advertising, etc. While all areas of photography are having a rough time, these sectors typically are not in danger of the 'soccer mom with a DSLR' undercutting their business.

The digital revolution has shaken up many industries and photography is one of the hardest hit. Pro photography won't go away, but a paradigm shift is currently taking place and it's 'adapt or die' time for many.

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