Future of photo software

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 21,722
Future of photo software

Over the years I have watched a few of Anthony Morganti's youtube video tutorials for various photo software (DXO, Topaz, Adobe, etc.). A few days ago he had a new one and in it he mentioned that he would stop making these sorts of videos and provided a link to his newsletter where he discusses his thoughts on the future of photo software:



Today, I’d like to talk about the future of the photo industry and at the end, talk about my future.

The challenges faced by the photography hardware manufacturers have been well documented. For the better part of two years, it was rumored that Nikon would be shut down or bought out by Sony. Similar stories, although to a lesser extent, were written about Olympus and Fuji too. Olympus ended up selling its camera division to a private equity firm, Japan Industrial Partners. Nikon has rebounded and is showing a profit and I’m not sure why rumors are always swirling around Fuji, they seem to be doing fine.

So, even though photography industry sales are contracting, the hardware manufacturers, after some restructuring, seem to have settled upon a status quo.

I’m wondering about the software companies.

Today, there are a lot of post-processing applications available. More than there ever have been in the history of digital photography. Fewer cameras have been sold each year for the past several and the trend is expected to continue. I am of the opinion that not all of these software companies can survive.

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