Is photography an industry?
The photography industry is the business of producing, storing and providing access to photographic images. It includes a wide range of activities such as film processing, digital imaging and the manufacture of camera equipment. The photography industry is highly competitive and consists of a large number of small businesses and individual photographers. The industry is a key contributor to the arts and culture sector and plays a vital role in the economy by creating employment opportunities.
It also has a direct impact on the fashion, forensic science and architecture industries because they rely on photographs for their work. The emergence of digital cameras with advanced features and cheaper prices has dramatically reduced the barriers to entry into this industry. As a result, there are now more people claiming to be photographers than ever before, so competition is intense.
In addition to the monetary benefits, people find enjoyment in taking photos and sharing them with others. It’s an art that can be used to capture a special moment in time, as well as encourage positivity and optimism for the future. Many cities and regions have photography groups and communities that are an excellent way to meet fellow photographers with similar interests and experiences.
A recent survey by Format and Zenfolio revealed that over 88% of respondents consider themselves professional photographers. This figure is even more significant when broken down by specialty, with Weddings and Portraits topping the list, followed by Landscape, Commercial and Documentary.