10 Latest Photography Trends to watch out for

by Guest Author on June 3, 2016

in Guest Posts, Photography

Photo by alanant @ flickr.com

Photo by alanant @ flickr.com

With improvements in imaging devices and technologies, the photography industry has evolved rapidly in the last few years. That is why, photographers need to adapt to the changes and constantly upgrade their skills. Several new trends have emerged, which are shaping the future of this industry.

Here are 10 latest photography trends that you need to watch out for:

1. Double or Multiple Exposure

What had started out as a mistake in the olden days of film photography, has recently become a trend. Double Exposure is used to combine two or more different images into a single image. It can be used to give an artistic, dreamy or even a haunted look to the photograph. Many cameras offer this feature. Photoshop too can be used to achieve this effect. The creative and experimental opportunities of double exposure are endless.

2. Monochrome/ Black & White

Another creative trend being used widely is that of monochrome photography. Although a colored image can easily be changed into black and white, but setting up your camera and shooting in monochrome can enhance the image’s artistic value.
In Monochrome photography, apart from black and white, tones and hues of grey or brown can also be used.

3. Infrared Photography

In Infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. DSLR cameras cannot take infrared photographs. They need to be converted for the infrared light to pass through.
The unique feature of infrared pictures is the unusual colors and hues. It is important to have the correct white balance to click a good IR image. Landscape photography is a popular genre in IR photography.

4. HDR Photography

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range which is the difference between the darkest and the lightest areas of a captured image. Sometimes, in a landscape image, a camera may not be able to capture both the vivid colors and the dark areas equally well. Some parts remain underexposed or overexposed.
HDR helps in overcoming this problem. It helps create an image with an unusually high dynamic range.

An HDR image is made by taking three photos of the same object/scene, at varying shutter speeds. As a result, you get three images of the same object- one bright, one dark and one medium. The photos are then combined to bring out the shadows and highlights in the final, perfect photo.

5. Backlit Photography

Backlighting means illuminating the subject of the picture from the back. Backlit images are extremely dramatic and create a beautifully lit aura around the subject. Getting the right exposure is the most challenging part of a perfect backlit image.

6. Smartphone photography

Once dismissed as inferior, smartphone photography is now considered an art form. With the growing number of smartphones, the constantly improving cameras and the convenience of using them, smartphone photography is the most popular form of taking images. Phones come loaded with features and you don’t need to be a professional to use them.

Also, phones allow the user to add effects like black and white and tinted to the image conveniently. Additionally, several modes like night mode, macro, and close up can be used to click the photo correctly.

7. Patterns

Pattern photography utilizes repetition of elements like lines, shapes or colors. A pattern can be used as the main subject in an image, or it can be used to enhance the image.
While using a pattern, there are two options – you can either give emphasis to the pattern or you can break it.

An image of thousands of wooden logs stacked in a particular way, would emphasize the pattern. On the other hand, a photo of a single cola bottle, amongst several water bottles placed together, would break the pattern.

8. Macro Photography

Macro photography involves clicking extreme close ups of very small objects like insects and dew drops. They are depicted in a larger than life size manner. Most DSLRs are capable of clicking macro photographs and even newbies can try their hand at it. For professional photographers, macro lenses are available.

9. High Speed Photography

High speed photography concentrates on capturing the object in motion. The photos clicked with high speed photography are made with an exposure time of 1 millisecond or less. Electronic flash is used for this type of photography. Flash helps expose the entire image and capturing the right moment. It helps in freezing motion and is therefore, the essence of this kind of photography.

10. Reflection photography

Using reflective surfaces like mirrors or water or polished floors in a photograph, can help create an artistic and beautiful image. Natural light is your best bet when it comes to reflective photography, as flash can ruin the photo, if not used properly. You can get creative as several kinds of effects can be created with reflections. A perfect reflection or a blurred one- both can be used to accentuate the photographs.

As you can see, these latest trends in photography are definitely interesting and every photographer should try to incorporate these trends in their pictures.

Guest article written by:  Sumona is a content writer and an avid photographer.  She loves to write on latest trends in technology, tips on photography, social media etc. Her company makes data recovery products and currently she is also doing research on photo recovery. Know more on photo recovery here: http://www.stellarinfo.com/blog/author/sumona/

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