Just as in fashion, photography and art are influenced each year by popular trends. These trends can make a major impact on what type of photos sell well and what clients ask for during sessions. Understanding what’s popular and being able to implement some of these trends in your work can help your photography stand out from the crowd, especially if you’re ahead of the curve! If you’re not sure what new trends your clients may be looking for, check out these predictions for the top 5 photography trends of 2022!
1. Rustic backgrounds and outdoor photography
The pandemic has influenced many major trends over the last few years and the popularity of outdoor photos and portraits, as well as rustic backgrounds, will continue to gain traction in 2022. Outdoor portraits offer a safe, socially distanced session for clients and landscape photos provide inspiration for everyone hoping to get outdoors and active.
For photographers who concentrate on creating stock imagery, rustic backgrounds for still life photos are predicted to remain popular. Using earthy tones, items from nature, and focusing on creating an organic, natural feel will stand out.
2. High drama photos
Another big trend we’re seeing this year is a surge in photos that are considered “high drama.” These photos incorporate surreal and realistic elements to create engaging, eye-catching pieces. You can add drama to your photography by using high contrast elements, lighting effects, unusual colors, and different techniques such as super close zooms and forced perspective.
3. Authenticity and candid imagery
Capturing life as it is, no-filter needed, is a trend we predict to see in a major way this year. As many of us share our lives online with friends, family, and followers- using our digital presence to connect with others- authentic, true-to-life photos will resonate more than ever. Whether you’re taking “candid” engagement photos or capturing still life images, you’ll want to experiment with minimal edits to some of your photographs or stick to edits that seem natural and real.
4. Captivating colors
Bright, dramatic, vivid colors are in for 2022. Whether it's a pop of color or dominates the piece, focusing on color can make your photos eye catching and compelling. Capture bright colors in a piece by using neon signs, ultra-saturated elements, and colorful buildings.
5. Using equipment in innovative ways
While your favorite camera may be your best friend, 2022 is all about trying something new (or something old) and making use of different equipment. This includes using current technology, like more advanced smart phones and drones, to take innovative photos. It also includes taking a step back to film photography, which doesn’t offer the same editing capabilities you find with a digital camera. Try using a new technique or different equipment this year to create your art and explore your creativity!
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