For close to 30 years there has been a decline in the sale of film and camera equipment. The invention of the digital camera has been cited, along with the fact most people today use their smartphones to take pictures. So, is photography a dying art? What is the future of photography?
The Advantages of Print Over Digital Photography
Depending on the photographer, amateur, or professional, the debate over format is a complex one. While both have their advantages, the right choice will depend on the photographer’s needs. Much of the debate comes down to aesthetics. Those in favor of film photography will claim more flexibility in the outcome of the print in terms of lighting and textural difference. Those who use digital tout the amazing editing options that digital formats. For armatures, it will come down to how much time and money are demanded by the two formats. Some argue digital is easier, because of the lower cost and that the beginner will be less likely to quit.
What Professional Photographers Are Saying
Is photography dying? Ask a professional photographer. Here we find it is also a complex issue. They often cite the development of smartphones and the influence of AI making the profession of photography irrelevant. Others point out that technology has only given people more options. They will also point out that professional photographers have through many years developed story telling skills that the amateur doesn’t have.
The Decline in Sales of Cameras and Darkroom Equipment
The source of the claim that photography is dying is the emergence of digital formats and devices such as smartphones. Critics will cite the decreasing sales of cameras, equipment, film, and darkroom equipment, along with the closing of camera shops. In addition to technological changes, the recent pandemic has sped up a decline in sales of film photography. It turns out to be a matter of opinion, and how the market changes based on demand for goods and services.
Is Film Photography an Irrelevant Art Form
The availability of devices in format may be viewed as boon for professionals and amateurs alike. While it is true that the profession has changed dramatically, it is also true that the options expand opportunities. Professionals score some points for those who favor film photography for its aesthetics. So, with this in mind, it can be assumed that the validity of film photography is justified. Proponents of film photography point out that film photography teaches photographers about lighting, framing, and other skills that aid the photographer in being a better storyteller.
The Future of Photography
As it turns out, the future is limitless. Both professionals and enthusiasts will find that the answer is clear: photography is not dying as an art form nor as a profession. The future suggests a reconsideration and demand of the formats and will be influenced by online demands, AI, and a redefining of the profession. The future is as wide as the demand for its art.