Behind the Curve…

Apple launched the new iPad(poor name, good idea) recently. While it’s not the first device with similar characteristics – think Kindle – it does have more capabilities and, with Apple behind it, probably more market share in the future. But, as a photographer, I think we are seeing a new direction for photography. (The title of this post comes from the fact that I’m sure there are a lot of people who saw this a long time ago.)

The old way of selling people photos is going to disappear sooner rather than later. I refer to the print market. Sure, well-known photographers will still sell prints for people to hang on their walls. But the millions of us who are, shall I say, less well-known, might still be able to develop a market of sorts. Web sites like Flickr already are making millions of photos available to the masses. And many people have smart phones and/or digital pictures frames. For purposes of this post, I think of the iPad as a giant smart phone even though it’s far more than that.

So, people trying to sell their pictures of, say, a local sports team, might want to target just digital photos. Forget trying to set up a website to sell prints, nobody has either the wall space or the desk space to exhibit print photos. The smart phones and the digital picture frames provide us with unlimited wall space. More on this later…