As photography becomes more and more relevant to the millennial generation, certain trends naturally rise above others in popularity and preference. The internet and the development of social media outlets have virtually changed the way that people have interacted with one another for thousands of years and photography now has the ability to immerse individuals into new cultures, experiences, and walks of life. As the need for artistic, intellectually driven photography increases in modern countries, photography trends become more relevant even to those who do not work directly with the photography industry. In a recent article published by Forbes, a contributor walks readers through some of these photo trends and how they play an important role in the lives of many people.
The natural design concept involves the use of materials in nature to produce feelings of tranquility and peace in photography. This design has been seen on a regular basis in the social media campaigns of some of the leading commercial markets in the country. Major brands like Walmart/Sams and Target have both implemented the use of natural design in their photography to engage shoppers.
The global view has also become prominent in photography within the last five years. Economists often say that the internet has produced a much smaller world and global views in photography trends remind people of that reality. When photographers shoot global images, like scenes from romantic Italy, vineyard covered Tuscany, or tropical rainforests in Tanzania, they enforce in the viewer the idea of global beauty.
Vivid, Colorful Shots
While black and white photography became a hot trend for a few years, vivid color is now dominating the photography industry. Across the social media spectrum, and particularly with photo focused sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, users can find images of perfectly captured color.
Photographers are also engaging with moment capture in new and interesting ways. While it used to cost thousands of dollars to buy a camera that captured the perfect motion of water droplets falling from the sky, photo lovers can now capture these moments with the purchase of an iPhone.
Nikon’s latest W300 Coolpix camera caters to the most adventurous of us. This camera operates on land and below water, so no matter where life takes you, you can snap an awesome memory.
Lee Shu, from Digital Trends describes how rugged this camera is, listing it as waterproof to 100 feet, shockproof from 7.9 feet, freezeproof down to 14-degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof.
As we become more active and adventurous in our busy lives, it is nice to know technology is keeping pace with us. Nikon also designed the W300 to capture your videos on 4K technology. With approximately 4,000 pixel resolution horizontally, your videos will be crisp and clear.
The W300 also include SnapBridge. With this technology you can send short videos and pictures immediately to any device you have paired with the camera. The SnapBridge solution uses very little battery to keep a constant Bluetooth connection with your devices. This way, uploading your exploring feats to the world is quick and easy. When you are ready to transfer full length videos or full-sized pictures, you can switch from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi and transfer larger data easily. The camera also enables you to provide remote shooting over Wi-Fi.
The camera will have enough battery life for approximately 280 pictures or on hour of video. Weighing only 8.2 ounces, you can easily slip this camera in with your gear and barely feel the weight. The camera measures 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2.
The W300 is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2017 according to Nikon for a suggested retail price of $389.95. The camera will be available in orange, yellow and black.
So head out to the beach this summer, after you grab your new W300. Snap some breathtaking underwater pictures and videos and do not worry about sand and dust ruining your camera. The 3-inch LCD display will help you see the magic you are capturing along with a 5x optical zoom to get the best shot of the world around you.
A Forbes photography contributor, Bruce Y. Lee, recently discovered that a photography trend called, “ribcage bragging” had recently taken over social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This trend has become especially popular with stars like Kourtney Kardashian and Rita Ora, and involves the manipulation of the body into poses that highlight a protruding ribcage and an utterly fit physique. The trend has become popularized by the hashtag system, with the tag #ribcage bragging becoming one of the most hashtags of the year. The photo trend has also become mainstream for average selfie takers who desire to boast about their ability to show their ribcages in photos.
Although this trend has become popular in the social media world, it has received criticism from several reputable news sources and from some social media users. In an Instagram post, Fernanda Familiar revealed her ribcage in a two piece bikini during a beach shoot. Many praised the model’s physique in the photo, while other Instagram users posted comments asking about the model’s eating habits and saying she looked unhealthy and unrealistic. Other stars have also received backlash for posting photos that accentuated their ribcages and many have complained that these stars are in the habit of setting unrealistic expectations for the general public.
Americans have, for the past few decades, been clamoring for celebrities to show a more realistic portrait of themselves than they typically have. There is a great desire among social media users to connect with celebrities on a human level and photo trends like ribcage bragging are not helpful to them in this pursuit. While the people who engage in this trend produce fantastic photos for social media sites, the general public wants to see photos that represent what they believe is a realistic feminine physique. Experts in photo trends do not expect the ribcage bragging hashtag to be long lived because of the reaction to the trend by the average social media users.
When predicting what’s going to shape up the year 2017, it’s important to look back at some of the trends that shaped up the previous year to forecast if they will still dominate or drop out. Here are just a few trends to look out for in 2017:
The minimalist fashion photography
Street wear is shaping up the looks and ruling the fashion world with fashion photographers now more concerned with the minimal images. The same goes for unretouched photos, which are now gaining in popularity with makeup looks and hair becoming more minimal as authentic aesthetic appeal grows in popularity. Given that more people are opting for realism and diversity, we should see fashion photography become more genuine and less contrived.
Getting its way in the 2016 photography trends, the humble chair is a trend worth taking advantage of. With the trend taking on the news feeds in 2016, it’s expected that the trends will still go on heading to 2017. Also, chair photos are a minimalist inspired trend that brings out the unnatural perfection of interior photos.
It’s no doubt that people are now getting into the analog kind of photography, and this is common in fine art photos and fashion shoots. It might be slightly expensive, but the 35mm is the best medium of choice for both emerging and established photographers.
Before the close of the year 2016, suburban seemed to take over the photography world. In the past year, the photography took a close insight into the dejected and dusty suburban areas of the American Midwest. The road trip has been an interesting niche for photographers, and it’s thought to shape a better part of 2017 with a close emphasis on pit stops. Also, abandoned homes, long empty roads, and sagging power lines should also feature as recurring themes.
During wedding season every year, wedding photography trends become extremely important to engaged couples. Couples often want to express their unique personalities in engagement photos and they pay significant sums of money to ensure that these photos are truly representative of their new lives together. In a recent piece published by the New York Times, Alex Strauss discusses some of the prevalent new trends in wedding photography and some of them may be surprising.
Using iPhones and Apps to Replace Professional Photographers
For more and more engaged couples, high priced professional wedding photographers are becoming a thing of the past. Because photography generally takes up about a third of the entire wedding budget, millennial are opting to use photos taken by the audience through apps like Snapchat and Instagram to capture their big days.
Incorporating Instagram Themes
Lots of couples are also incorporating Instagram motifs in their wedding decor. Small signs outside the entrance of a wedding that tell guests which hashtag to use to tag the future newly weds make a nice treat for many guests. These signs also eliminate the need to search for many different tags when looking for the photos later.
Separate Bridal Shoots
Many new brides are opting to have their wedding shoots on a separate day than the actual wedding. This allows the photos to be taken with a more focus and less of the rushed feeling that often occurs when these photos are taken immediately after the wedding. Couples are also opting to take day-after couples photos to help the wedding flow smoothly.
Social Media Photo Booths
Social Media photo booths have become all the rage with the under 30 crowd. These booths allow guests to have a unique experience and document their wedding fun on Instagram!
Finally, selfie shots have become a favorite for newly engaged couples. Instead of having to wait months for professional photography to arrive, wedding guests that could not make it to the event are treated with a lovely selfie of the blushing bride and her new groom.