Photography is experiencing a boom these days that is completely without parallel in previous times. Photography is becoming extremely popular, and not even just with the people who have a lot of disposable income – the traditional photography buffs.
Many people are becoming photographers thanks to the fact that the equipment needed to enjoy photography – cameras, printers, and peripherals, and even the computers necessary to process and distribute digital photographs – are cheaper and more accessible than ever. Such equipment was priced stratospherically up to a few years back, which meant that only the rich and famous could enjoy using it. Nowadays, however, thanks to massive price drops and the trickling down of technology from the high-end units to the more mass-oriented ones, it is quite possible for photographers to find excellent deals, in both the high-end and the less fancy levels. That said, though, even the supposed less fancy equipment is becoming more and more suitable for use even by professional photographers, thanks to the aforementioned trickling down of technology, such that many of these cheaper machines are perfectly capable of taking extremely high quality pictures that are almost as good as those taken by dSLRs. The bottom line is that all the photographers these days are definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to the equipment available in the marketplace.
In addition, such equipment is increasingly easier and easier to use than previous equipment. Photography used to be an extremely specialized hobby that not everyone could master and which required photographers to commit years and years of practice and experience in order for them to become competent at it. While this is still true to a certain extent, the fact that photographic equipment has only become easier and easier to use over the years has made photography somewhat less of a specialist's hobby, and this is a trend that will only intensify as the years go by and as photographers' machines only become easier and easier to use.
Another reason for photography's becoming more and more popular is that it is becoming more and more lucrative to become a professional photographer. Photographers the world over are finding more and more clients willing to hire them professionally, for a whole host of engagements ranging from birthdays to company sponsored events to weddings. The downside is of course that if you are a professional photographer, the competition is cutthroat – you will have to compete against many other photographers who may very well be able to come up with photos as well as you can, or better than you can. But given the wide range of engagements available to professional photographers these days, you are sure to find a niche that you can exploit – of course you just have to become very competent at it!
The bottom line is that for would-be photographers, whether they want to join the ranks of the professionals or simply wish to take pictures for their own pleasure, have a whole host of options open to them nowadays that simply did not exist in the past. The time for those interested to become photographers – whether casual or professional – has definitely come.