Sure, many commercial and portrait photographers have found themselves struggling with a reduced client roster due to the advent of digital photography. Yet, there are many who have not only survived, but prospered.
Some have turned to digital retouching while others revamped their studios to become pet photographers. Many have turned all of their non-client photos into stock photography for image banks, such as Getty, Corbis and Shutterstock dot coms.
Others have tried to go high-end and limit their production to gallery pieces to sell at auction online or at festivals, art walks or other arts and crafts exhibitions prominent in most major cities.
Then there's the new up and comers, who have created a hybrid of art and photography with their slightly new concept. Here's how one such group of photographers brought it all together.
Fotoviva Art Prints offers images from 25 of the UK's most creative, professional photographers whose portfolios are visionary and a cut above. From stunning landscapes to gleaming automobiles, Fotoviva has images to suit even the most discriminating fine art enthusiast. The website is truly engaging and simple to use.
The outstanding selection of images can be reproduced on either canvas, poster or even acrylic mediums. Each material gives the image a completely different effect so buyers can match their interior décor or satisfy their personal tastes.
Acrylic reproductions are offered more for living room walls and foyers while posters are more geared for decorating the basement or the kid’s room. The choices allow budget and taste to be taken into consideration, which makes the shopping experience more attractive to most.
Another great aspect is the service can reproduce personal photographs on one of the mediums, also. Who wouldn't love seeing some of their greatest photos or family events hung on their wall on canvas, so it looks like a piece of art?
One of the best customer attractions is that shopping can be done online, in the comfort of home while sipping a glass of one's favorite libation and staring directly at that blank wall. Sizes and prices are prominently displayed for ease in comparing the various surfaces (canvas, poster or acrylic) and matching that decor.
It's entrepreneurs like this who are revamping their skills, raising the bar and paving the way for an expanding market. It's a win-win situation and a business idea that is making quite an impression.
For the consumer, art or photography-buying has never been easier; the hardest part is in making a selection. Companies like Fotoviva are taking photography and art to the next level and making the buying experience an affordable one that everyone can enjoy.