Posts Tagged ‘industry’

How I Make Money as a Travel Photographer in 2015

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Long gone are the days in which being a travel photographer simply meant you shot photography for a certain travel magazine or newspaper. The world isn’t that simple anymore, and the level of competition in the photography world has never been higher. But still, I’m fairly sure there are more “travel photographers” on the planet now than there ever were — just check your Instagram feeds.

So, if travel photography as a traditional career is dying, than how are these people making their money? Well, I wish I could give you the answer to that question, but I can’t. These days, everyone has a different method of money-making. All I can do is tell you my story, and how I manage to keep from sleeping under a bridge every night — though barely.
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The Top 10 Cameras Behind Photos Submitted to Shutterstock in 2014

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What are the most common cameras used by stock photographers? While we don’t have the data across all stock services, Shutterstock has provided us with some numbers that may be somewhat representative for the industry.
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LinkedIn Acquires Lynda for $1.5 Billion, Now Owns 500+ Photo Courses and 24,000+ Videos

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LinkedIn announced today that it has shelled out $1.5 billion to acquire Lynda, the popular online education site that is teeming with material for photographers. As part of the acquisition, LinkedIn is now the new owners of, among many other things, 500+ photography courses and 24,000+ photography tutorial videos.
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This is What the History of Camera Sales Looks Like with Smartphones Included

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A few months ago, we shared a chart showing how sales the camera market have changed between 1947 and 2014. The data shows that after a large spike in the late 2000s, the sales of dedicated cameras have been shrinking by double digit figures each of the following years. Mix in data for smartphone sales, and the chart can shed some more light on the state of the industry.
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Sony Sells Half Its Stake in Olympus for Cash, Now No Longer Largest Shareholder

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Sony became the largest shareholder in Olympus back in 2012 after investing $645 million in the company in exchange for a reported 11.5% of shares. It’s not the largest anymore.

The company has just sold about half of its remaining shares in Olympus to the bank JPMorgan, reducing its stake from 10% to 5%.
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The Mirrorless Party of 2015: A Fun Stop-Motion Look at the State of the Industry

Back in 2012, The Camera Store released a lighthearted stop-motion video of mirrorless cameras attending a party. It reflected the state of the industry at the time — particularly how the Canon EOS M was late to the game and how it had a painfully slow autofocus system.

The video above is a followup: it’s shows the mirrorless party of 2015 and offers a witty look at how the camera industry landscape has changed over the past three years.

After the Kodak Moment: How an Iconic Photo Brand is Trying to Reinvent Itself

The New York Times has published an in-depth feature in its business section that looks at how Kodak, at one time a juggernaut in the photo industry, is working to reinvent itself after missing the boat when the camera world shifted to digital.

Decades ago, when it was the heavyweight of consumer film, Kodak was pulling in $19 billion a year with 145,000 on its payroll. Now the company has $2 billion in annual sales, 8,000 employees worldwide, and is dabbling in niche film and printing markets while exploring new ways to grow.

At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film [NYTimes]

Top Instagram Users Making Thousands Per Photo by Promoting Products

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It pays to have a lot of Instagram followers — literally. Top users on the photo-sharing service these days are finding that their simple picture snapping can be turned into real dollars, and a lot of them at that. The numbers may astound you: some users are receiving thousands of dollars in exchanging for sharing a single photo that promotes a company’s products.
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Nikon Expanding Into Medical Devices with $400M Acquisition of Retinal Imaging Firm

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Last year Nikon announced that it had set aside $1.96 billion for mergers and acquisitions into new industries in order to diversity from the camera industry that had grown the 98-year-old company to greatness.

The Japanese company is now using a portion of that cash pile on its first major expansion purchase: a £259M (~$400M) acquisition of the Scottish retinal imaging firm Optos.
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Sony to Stop Producing CCD Image Sensors to Focus on CMOS Growth

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According to a new report, Sony is saying that it will stop producing all CCD sensors by March 2017 in order to focus on expanding its involvement in CMOS image sensors.
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