Print is dead!

Started Jul 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
Charles Currey Contributing Member • Posts: 874
Re: Print is dead!

manhattan wrote:

With the exception of wedding, commercial and senior portraits I think with the exception of the occasional photograph that print is dead. People are much more interested in simply sharing for a moment on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. They are not interested in the extreme quality that a D810/5D can produce as long as the photo captures them in an exceptional location, pose or group setting. There are exceptions of course, but really makes you wonder what the future of photography is? We already have seen phones basically destroy the low end point and shoot market. People are happy with less and showing they are simply not interested in paying for more.

I have been thinking about upgrading to a new D810 for several reasons, but wonder if the only person who will really appreciate any improvements will be me. I seriously don't think others will either notice or appreciate.

Maybe this is our "CD Moment"? Just like when the obvious quality in vinyl records was replaced by cheap and inferior sounding CDs. Digital makes it easy, light, portable and shareable. Hmmm.

Some say yes and others no, so I did a little research. I counted my last 100 picture orders and there were two more  prints than digital images sold. Of course, I am only a case study of one and my clients tend to be older, so that may bias the results. But in my case at lest the print is definitely not dead. Interestingly, about one third of my picture orders were for both a print and a digital image of the same picture. So it seems that a fair number of people want a print for their wall or album and a digital image for their social media use. All this just for what it's worth.

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