The photography industry is evolving. There are more types of imagery a photographer can create today than at any other time in history. The future looks like it will contain more creative opportunities for image makers. However, there are more photographers than ever who can do the everyday work. This includes your uncle with a smartphone.
The camera is not the magic black box of the past. For the average photographer, doing average work that most any photographer can do does not take much skill. Such work is a commodity. To make a living as a photographer you must bring something new to the table — bring back the magic.
There is nothing wrong with not being a pure photographer today. Combining skills helps to keep the creativity alive and allows photographers to stay in the game longer.
The future of image creation holds many opportunities. The still camera is only one tool in the toolbox of the professional image creator.