October 2020

Types of Photography

There are numerous types of photography styles, and whereas it would be prudent for me to narrow down my mastery into one or two, I won’t do any harm if I experiment with other styles as a way of expanding my skill sets. There are technical and creative skills that cross multiple photography genres that I need to grasp to harness my talents. I expect that as I improve in one section, I can learn crucial tips and techniques that can help me hone my skills in other styles. Through learning and practicing the various types listed below, I am sure I will build a strong foundation as I venture into my photography career.

 

Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is also called portraiture and is one of the most widely used industry styles today. It is commonly used when capturing the mood or personality of a person or a group. Here, the images can be full-body or close-ups, candid or posed. Regardless of the intended use, the subject’s face and eyes are usually in focus. I use lighting and backdrops to convey emotions and tone. This style’s popular types include professional headshots, engagement photos, family portraits, and senior portraits.

 

Editorial Photography

This type of photography is used to relay a story or article, generally for a newspaper or magazine. With editorial photography, the subject can range far and wide and is entirely dependent on the context of the accompanying text. Naturally, I will use this type of photography to take shots that will suit various layouts, including vertical and horizontal compositions. I will employ my excellent communication skills and professionalism to work closely with writers and art directors.

 

Still Life Photography

Still-life photography lives up to its name as it features both natural and manmade inanimate objects. It can be artistic or just for commercial purposes and is mostly applied in product advertising and stock photography. (Common product images include billboards, magazines, and catalogs). As a still life photographer, I will be keen on lighting, arrangement, and object selection to take a great shot.

 

Sports Photography

Sports photography comes in handy when depicting emotions that fuel sporting events such as passion and drama. All I need to do is to catch athletes, coaches, and spectators at the perfect moment. For an excellent shot, I must aim and shoot as quickly as possible while keeping up with the action around me. Thus, I’ll need a higher ISO to take pictures at a faster shutter speed. Secondly, I’ll need long, heavy lenses for zooming in on an event while twisting my angle to make my shot as outstanding as possible.

 

Fashion Photography

For the glamour that comes with designer shoes, clothing, and accessories that endear them to target customers, fashion photography is the technique that I use. The images are mostly posted online or published in magazines. The opportunity to be highly creative in appealing and eye-catching photographs makes this technique my favorite. It requires me to take numerous full-body shots while working in multiple locations, from studios and fashion shows to open fields and city streets. The skills that I apply here are the same as those of portrait photography. I also use teamwork and good communication when working with creative shoot directors, models, and stylists.

 

Photojournalism

This is the perfect technique to use if I want to tell stories of newsworthy and sometimes historical events using photographs. As a photojournalist, I have to be objective and truthful while capturing those candid moments as they happen, rather than focusing on great shots. I aim to attend planned events but capture unscripted and unplanned moments for newspapers and magazines.

 

Architectural Photography

Architectural photography encompasses interior and exterior designs of diverse structures varying from old country barns and city bridges to warehouses. This type of photography focuses on bringing out the most aesthetically pleasing parts of structures. It could be a specific archway or beam or unique colors and materials. The tricky aspect of this type of photography lies in lighting. I have to practice and know how to work with natural light, particularly for exteriors. I need a panorama head, a tripod, and a tilt-shift lens for this technique. People who may find value in my architectural photography products include building investors, leasing companies, architects, and designers.

 

Exciting Trends in Photography You Must Try

Photography can be complicated, and making money with it is even more difficult. However, photography is all about learning the basics, and from there, you can build your style. That sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.

The advent of digital cameras in the late 20th century made photography more accessible to the masses, and in recent years it’s shifted the focus from the camera to the photographer. Modern photography is all about capturing moments, and the trend is to show those moments uniquely and dramatically.

There are a ton of photography trends out there. Some are good, some bad, some are good but overused, and some are just plain confusing. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular trends in photography:

Drones

Photography is an art; photography with drones is a new art form.  The rise of the consumer drone has made aerial photography accessible to anyone and has created an entirely new genre of photography.  We’ve seen the rise of “Dronegrams” that are all the rage on Instagram, and we’ve seen the use of drones in creating breathtaking videos that tell stories or convey a brand’s message.  From the wedding venues to Hollywood, the sky is the limit.

360 Panorama

The 360-degree panorama is a type of panoramic image that allows viewers to view a panoramic scene as if they were standing at the center of the scene. In these images, the horizon circles the entire image, while the sky is visible above and the ground below.

HDR Photography

As digital photography becomes more and more popular, so do the new trends in the art of picture-taking. One of the most prominent new trends in photography is HDR, or High Dynamic Range, a process in which photographers take multiple pictures of different exposures in rapid succession before combining them into a single, more detailed shot.

Macro Photography

Macro photography has been a popular trend in photography for some time now, and it’s here to stay. Macro photographers use a variety of techniques to capture photos that are life-size or larger. Most macro photography is close-up photography of small objects, such as flowers, insects, and food, and requires special equipment such as extension tubes or a macro lens.

Point and Shoot Size DSLRs

Manufacturing trends always point to larger and larger cell phones, but a new trend in digital photography is the opposite. DSLR cameras have been getting smaller and smaller, and now there is even a model that fits the pocket or purse. The smallest DSLR is the Olympus XZ-10, and it is a tiny camera that fits in the palm of your hand. The XZ-10 is a pocket-sized camera that can take high-quality photos. The camera measures only three inches by two inches and weighs less than seven ounces. It has a 10.7-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens.

Retro-Style Photography

Most of the photos we take are instant, spontaneous snaps that are easily forgotten. However, with the retro-style photography trend, you can now look back on the past in a unique way. Whether you’re using old-fashioned film or modern digital cameras, you can get a retro feel by turning your pictures sepia with a vignette or by creating a shallow depth of field.

Phoneography

Phoneography refers to the act of taking photos with a smartphone camera, and this is a trend many of us are familiar with. It all started when the first iPhone camera was released and has only gained popularity since then. The reasons why people take photos with their phones are varied, but many simply enjoy the process of taking pictures and editing them on their phones. Nowadays, Phoneography has spread to many different platforms, such as Android, Blackberry, and Windows phones.

It’s no secret that the digital revolution has changed the face of photography. Cameras have gone from being standalone devices to be an integral part of a smartphone, and many of us carry them with us wherever we go. As the use of smartphones for photos grows, we’ve seen a rise in photography trends. From using hi-tech equipment in photography to using your phone, choosing to follow or apply this trend is simply up to personal preferences.

Which of these trends in photography do you prefer? Will you be taking photos based on this trend?

How Photographers Can Unleash Their Forgotten Creativity

Some may think that it is the subject of photography that has to do all the work. This is where the photographer’s success lies. This was my way of thinking until I reached a stumbling block in my photography hobby.

 

I indeed had no difficulty finding subjects to capture with my camera. But neither did anyone else, which meant that although my subjects may be unique as they were one of a kind, they were still like so many others. For example, a rose is a rose, and a tulip is a tulip.

 

So What Can Make A Difference?

I finally figured out what all this meant. I didn’t have any creativity. Instead of taking the time to find that perfect flower or finding a very common subject and determining what was unique about it, I wasn’t giving it any thought.

 

Photography Had Become Common Place

It had got to the point that I was taking my photography skills for granted. I thought I had lost my passion for it. But yet, every time I picked up my camera, a thrill of excitement ran through me.

 

Getting Back To Basics

I knew what I had to do, which got back to basics. So here are the steps I took to recharge my creativity.

 

Looked After My Health

One of the things I realized was that I was tired and had no energy when I set out on my photography adventures. If my body wasn’t working at its best, how could I expect the creative section of my mind to function at its best? After just a few hours of seeking out a subject to catch on film, I realized that I was just too plain tired. To solve this problem, I set a strict schedule for myself for sleeping, meaning I went to bed every night at the same time. Instead of skipping breakfast and lunch and eating a big dinner, I ate three healthy meals a day. I would pack a lunch to take with me while out and about doing my photography instead of eating a couple of chocolate bars.

 

These two steps alone made a big difference, and I was once again excited about finding new things to photograph because I had the energy to do so.

 

Losing Sight Of the hobby

Someday perhaps I would like to become a professional photographer, but this will wait till my retirement years. I had been trying to prepare for this day now, so I was no longer looking at this as a hobby. Instead, I perceived it as a non-paying job. This, too, affected my creativity. So my next task was getting this back into perspective. If I didn’t feel like photographing on a particular day, I no longer forced myself to do it.

 

Always On The Lookout

Whenever I was out and about, I was always looking for subjects to photograph. I changed my way of thinking. When something of interest stood out for me, I knew it was the right subject. If it caught my eye, I am sure it will catch those who get to see my finished work.

 

Learning From My Peers

My next revelation was that I still had a lot of learning to do. In my early years of photography, I wild study other photographer’s work. For the past few years, I had not been doing that. I began to see photographs in a new way.

 

These few steps have made a big difference, and I can clearly see the value of these changes in my latest work.

 

Appreciation For My Subjects

One of my favorite subjects to photograph is flowers. Now I see these in a different way. I study the way the petals are stretching out as they soak in the morning sun. I see the slightest changes in colors as they begin to age. To me, each and every flower has a story to tell. This is the most important thing that I had begun to miss in my photographs. Now with the new me I once again was capturing this through the lens of my camera. This new awakening has created such a renewed enthusiasm in me that I am grateful for what it is now allowing me to do.