A survey of U.S. pro photographers by the market research firm Infotrends shows that the professional photography market is "on the upswing" after a difficult 2009, according to an Infotrends press release.
The survey of 1700 professional photographers reveals that the number of images captured per month in 2010 increased substantially compared to 2009, indicating an upswing in jobs and assignments. An Infotrends analyst adds that "photographers are exploring new avenues such as photo merchandise and social networking to build their business [sic]. Those that stay on top of these new trends will develop offerings that are the most relevant and sought after by today's consumers."
The press release also states that professional photographers are coming to rely "in particular" on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture for their workflows, although no specific statistics are given.
As is typical of market research firm press releases, there isn't a great deal of additional detail. (The full report, which is intended to be sold to photography equipment and software manufacturers, costs U.S. $4,235.00.)