Upload & Sell: Off
Agelessphotog, it's not 1970 anymore. As far as most photographers go, there are no darkrooms, there's no developer solution, no stopper, no retouching of actual negatives, it's not hard like it was then. It's a lot easier. You can see what you're shooting right when you shoot it and right after. The cameras have software in them that let us analyze the shot as we take it just like they have for audio in recording studios. We have photoshop and plugins now that makes it easier than ever to edit.
So like it or not, yes, the learning curve is easier for Photography startups than it is for most anything else. And more and more people are learning this. When you have an industry like this where both cases are true -1- that many think it's pricy and -2- that the learning curve is really not too much, it's only natural that you're going to see some downward momentum in price.
We're already witnessing this. Why do you think that gone are the days of the photographer's watermark on your pictures? Why is it easier than ever now to own your own pictures these days when once upon a time, if you got your pictures taken somewhere, it was a given that they were copyrighted by the photographer?
It's because these things were never really desired in the first place but often, it was that, or go buy a Kodak. Well, for many, it's still perceived that the price is too high. And based on the way things are going now, I would almost bet that 5-10 years from now, half the photographers in business by then haven't even picked up a camera yet beyond a point and shoot model. Are you really thinking with the learning curve and the consumer discontent with the prices, there's not going to be some price drops coming? You'd better read up on some photography history. Here is an important piece that you should read now.
Ultimately, the modern photographic process came about from a series of refinements and improvements in the first 20 years. In 1884 George Eastman, of Rochester, New York, developed dry gel on paper, or film, to replace the photographic plate so that a photographer no longer needed to carry boxes of plates and toxic chemicals around. In July 1888 Eastman's Kodak camera went on the market with the slogan "You press the button, we do the rest". Now anyone could take a photograph and leave the complex parts of the process to others, and photography became available for the mass-market in 1901 with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie.
There are only 3 of the many innovations that took place to give us what we have today in photography. And you can bet that some of the industry status quo complained after each one. But yet, you can bet that each time it got easier, the price dropped and more people were given access to great photographs, great art made by people with the help of cameras.
And that's what this is, it's an art form. And if more people get access to having portions of their lives documented, that's a good thing.