Demand for photography services in the United Kingdom from the advertising and fashion markets is expected to strengthen over the next five years.
Whilst, revenue for the UK photography services industry is expected to continue its downward slide over the coming five years, albeit at a more moderate pace, the industry will be affected by demand from key markets such as advertising agencies and publishers, but also growth in real household disposable income and consumer confidence.
Professional photographers in the UK photography industry are suffering from the triple threat of a declining industry, the malaise of the wider UK economy and a drastically changing technological environment that threatens to make much of their work redundant.
The past five years has shown a consolidation in the revolution in camera technology that took place earlier in the 2000s, as professionals and amateurs alike adopted digital format cameras and photo manipulation technology.
Although this has decreased costs for industry operators substantially, it has also allowed many amateur photographers to compete directly with the industry.
The UK photography market is typified by small, non-employing operators, many of whom operate on a part-time or ad-hoc basis to supplement other incomes.
The industry includes professional photographers and photographic processing services. The industry also covers specialist photography, photojournalism and videotaping of special events.
For more information on the UK photography services market, see the latest research: UK Photography Services Market
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