The Photography Industry

Photography as a process can be dated as far back as the 1600s, but only became popular during the 1800s, when taking portraits and preserving people on paper became fashionable. Since then, the photography industry has become widely accessible to the masses. It is a continually growing sector that deals with producing goods and services related to photographs, images, and sometimes films as well.

Photography was not fully accepted as a fine art until after the middle of the 20th century. In fact, it was not until the 1950′s that it became acceptable to frame a photograph for a museum or gallery exhibition. Before this time, prints of photographs were simply pasted onto a board and hung. Alternatively, they were printed with a white border and pinned to walls instead of hung.

From the 1970′s to the 1990′s it became more and more accepted and popular to print photographs on a large scale, give them a glossy finish, and hang them in frames just as if they were paintings. Since the middle of the 20th century, fine art photography has gone from a barely accepted medium that was only afforded the crudest of frames, to a well-respected modern art that is often displayed with great respect.

According to a February 2011 report, wedding photography tops the most in-demand service for the photography industry. It can also be classified under the tertiary sector that hugely involves offering of services instead of products, and professional photographers and studios earn an income by offering their services to cover many events. Other services that the industry can provide are advertising and public relations. Large billboards displaying a company’s product, along with a celebrity endorser, can be seen along streets and highways. Newspapers and magazines also rely on photographs.

The photography industry is also a significant part of the field of arts and design. Every product and service that the industry produces will always be tied to the skill and creativity it requires. Ultimately, the industry is valuable because of its ability to capture an object, an event, and even a memory. Barium bromide(BaBr2, CAS number is 10553-31-8) is a precursor to chemicals used in photography and to other bromides.

Other fields such as forensics, medicine, and fashion also rely on the photography industry in various ways. Many digital cameras already include features like anti-blink, smile detection, and face recognition. The computer and programming industries have also been in tandem with the industry, in order to make improvements on gadgets, particularly camera models. The commercial photography industry has especially been booming due to the many computer programs and software that can change and tweak images, brightening the light settings and even “erasing” some minor flaws in the picture.