PMA & AIE to Forecast Photography’s Future

With The Future Imaging Summit, the Association of Imaging Executives looks ahead into the next five years of imaging technology and its impact on the photography business.

It’s a tumultuous time for all of us in the photography business, with constant changes in how people capture, share, print, communicate with, and otherwise enjoy pictures.

What new sensors, processors, and other technology will be in next year’s cameras? What apps, sites, and services will people use to share and view photos? How will they permanently display their favorite shots in albums or wall displays?

To answer these questions and many more, The Association of Imaging Executives, a PMA member organization, will present The Future Imaging Summit. This four-session conference will be held concurrently with the DIMA 2013 and PSPA/SPAA Conferences, Jan. 6-7 2013, immediately preceding 2013 PMA@CES, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Summit will focus on the most important photographic trends and technology coming to market — those changes that will most impact the businesses of our members within the next 5 years.

If you are making a living in photography, you can’t miss out on these informative sessions:

Sunday, January 6 —
From the ever-improving optics that focus the light in the first place, to the larger sensors, faster processors, and increased storage inside, cameras are advancing at an increasing pace with new designs and paradigms coming to market.
This session will feature speakers from top camera companies and phone manufacturers, as well as those behind the electronic components, discussing which changes in image capture will let us take better pictures, and let the industry continue to sell better cameras to upgrading customers who want to share, print, and enjoy improved images.


Most people take pictures to show important or interesting sights, events, and faces to our friends and families.
In the last decade Internet services and mobile phones have transformed how we see, send, share, and display our images. What changes are yet to come as even more people use smartphones for instant sharing, as well as services such as Facebook?
How can professional photographers use online services to grow their business?
And most importantly, how will instant sharing further impact the rest of the imaging infrastructure, particularly prints?

Monday, January 7 —

This session looks at the desktop programs and mobile apps coming out for editing, enhancing, and managing images.
Taking the picture is only the beginning of digital photography: software can transform a poor capture into an image worth keeping, and make a good shot into an even greater finished photograph.
What further enhancements are brewing in the labs of the top companies and universities? Which will require a full desktop computer as opposed to the functions that a phone can handle in a simple app?
And once all those photos are captured and enhanced: what software will finally let us organize, manage, and easily access those important images?


What does the future holds for tactile hard-copy and other “real world” imaging media?
Even as more pictures are seen on screens, Prints and other physical output are growing in variety if not volume, with more surfaces, substrates, and different items than ever before.
This session will feature leading print producers and spotlight the leading revenue-generating output technology, as well as the best business practices for convincing customers to continue to purchase physical pictures.

If you are interested in speaking at or sponsoring these sessions, please contact us now.