Back in the old days, no one smiled for a picture because the photo taking process could last for some time. Eventually the tradition was broken in the 1900s and now nearly every family owns some kind of camera. Of which, there were 95 million digital cameras sold in 2014; the total number of digital camera owners is about 610 million. Up to 72% of those with digital cameras use it as their primary camera, taking an average of 375 pictures last year. With photo editing and social networking dominating the photo market, many digital camera stores are glad to help users find the right camera.
According to Facebook, one of the most popular social networking sites to date, its users have upload over 250 billion photos with up to 350 million new photos every day — this means that each of Facebook’s 1.15 billion users have uploaded an average of 217 pictures each. A Facebook profile should be an expression of who you are, especially for amateur photographers. An American study found that 63% of mothers use Facebook with 97% of those mothers posting photos of their child. For users who want to share their photography with the net, a study has found that professional photographs are nearly twice as likely as user-generated photos — some skilled photographers can fool others with photo editing software however.
Sometimes, people just happen to find their calling in life. There are 136,300 men and women in the United States who work as professional photographers. Whether doing freelance work in the Amazon, capturing every moment of a wedding, or conducting a digital camera shoot for a magazine, these photographers follow their passions and perfect their art. Getting started as a professional photographer can be as easy as submitting some of your work to a company of your choice. A digital camera shoot needs to have an interesting subject, proper lighting, and minimal digital editing to gain the attention of employers. With the estimated number of required photographers rising by 4% from 2012 to 2022, there is a good chance that anyone with the dedication and equipment to succeed.