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Is a photograph like a song?

Answered => “What’s the future of professional photography?” on Quora.

=> My answer…

As a long time photography hobbyist and former music industry-ite I would like to offer a somewhat non-traditional perspective.

My belief is there’s a similar parallel between music and photos. More to the point, I think many shooters would be wise to try to draw *business* inspiration from currently successful musicians/recording artists. That is, the revenue and profit might not be in the actual output as much as it is in the experience and ancillary services and products. The image is less the ends and more the means—much like how the role of music has shifted as part of an artist’s revenue stream. If it help, think razors and razor blades too.

As Todd Gardiner mentions, those who are only talented enough to grab the low hanging fruit are certainly in danger. As they should be. Just the same, sheer photographic talent probably isn’t enough any more either. If American Idol, The X Factor, etc. has taught us anything it’s there is plenty of talent.

My conclusion: The most successful photographers will not only have a great eye but they will probably need an innovative business model as well. This could very well mean partnering with someone more versed in innovative business models, marketing, social media, etc. Maybe a one-finger show is a thing of the past? We’ll see.

I hope ya all didn’t mind my alt-perspective.

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