a man capturing sunset with gimble camera

Photography is one of the most interesting forms of art in the world today because it allows you to capture everyday life as it happens. While it is something that has been around for centuries in the form of paintings first and then actual shots clicked by mechanical cameras, technological advancements have made photography more popular than ever. Today, photographs are everywhere, be they for artistic purposes or commercial ones. This art form offers the freedom of expression and portrayal of thoughts that even words can not express.

Just like in the fashion industry, photo trends are set every now and then which heavily influence the nature and style of photography. With over 1.2 billion new users connecting to the internet in 2022, new trends in photography and aesthetics will surely be teased, along with the return of some famous trends that used to be popular decades ago. These fads are sure to change how we see the world around us, so it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends in order to keep up with the competition. Here are 15 photography trends you should pay attention to in 2022.

Silhouettes

silhouette photography

The word "silhouette" refers to a portrait that is traditionally depicted in shadow, producing a solid dark form. This kind of picture is frequently one that is profiled. When cut card or paper became a popular medium in the 18th century, silhouette portraits took on the shape that would later bring them widespread popularity. In photography, the term "silhouette" refers to a more straightforward composition that contrasts a dark subject with a light backdrop.

There are plenty of silhouettes to be found in contemporary engagement photographs, edgy street photography, and artistic double exposures. Classic silhouette shots like "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare" (1932) by Henri Cartier-Bresson continue to serve as an inspiration for contemporary photographers as they work to produce images that stand the test of time. The use of silhouettes is making a significant comeback. For example, the art director Nicolas Bouvier, also known as Sparth, made headlines a few years ago for his dreamy and evocative silhouettes that were taken in black and white against the foggy background of the Pacific Northwest.

These pictures have a number of benefits, one of which is that they are able to provide different areas of attention, such as a scene, rather than putting the focus on the person who is in the picture. If you are dealing with stock photographs, don’t want to show specific people, or don’t want to worry about features such as style trends, then silhouette alternatives are a fantastic choice for you.

Nostalgia

old-age photography

Photographers always find new ways to express their creativity when they look back to the visual pictures of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. These eras are never-ending wells of inspiration; an eclectic mix of contemporary elements and vintage elements producing a one-of-a-kind ambiance in the picture frame.

The look and feel of disposable cameras, as well as the analog look and feel in general, is making a significant resurgence in photography and social media. Some users’ entire Instagram feeds are images shot with the HUJI camera. Some people alter their photographs to make the quality worse by adding grain, light leaks, and borders that seem like they were made from film. Why is the case? Why do people want their images to seem as if they were shot with an outdated film camera or a disposable camera? Especially considering that the majority of us already carry about an excellent camera in our pockets in the form of a smartphone.

It’s due to the sensation that you get. The feeling of longing or melancholy. We can all go back to a period when shooting a picture was an exciting and memorable experience. In the past, we enjoyed flipping through photo albums and looking at the pictures within. Now, the memory cards in our cameras are stuffed to capacity with pointless and unintended images that we never even bother to look at.

Muted-color photography

muted photography

Muted tones are a rendition of the colors in your photograph that are less saturated and have a greyer appearance. These colors have a tendency to seem more subdued, choosing light grays to lower the overall saturation in their appearance. These kinds of tones are very effective for stylizing a picture edit, particularly when used for portrait photography. Desaturating an image allows you to reduce the vibrancy of any hue in the picture; however, this method is most effective when used to change the colors that predominate in a picture, such as the blue sky or the green leaves on a tree. You may achieve this effect by using the desaturate tool.

Since muted tones are produced entirely via color modifications, the instruments that you will need to employ are rather simple. Using the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance (HSL) Tool in Lightroom, you may select any color in your photograph and reduce the intensity of that color. The benefit of this is that you can make edits of this style with just a few sliders to adjust. Another new trend that originated on social media is the use of filters on photographs. These filters typically consist of a single tone that is applied to the entire picture in order to make it appear less harsh and more coherent. To produce a more subdued appearance in your photographs, you can also achieve this look by merely experimenting with the color levels and reducing the contrast (via Brendan Williams Creative).

Authentic photography

a woman posing for natural photography

People increaasingly value authenticity, and as such are feeling more pulled toward companies and photographers that concentrate on generating more relevant photographs by making use of natural lighting and doing less editing in post-production. This may be attributed to all that has been going on in the world. If you wish to employ this trend in your images, you should begin by experimenting with candid photoshoots so that your subjects do not seem to be unduly produced or posed. Your environment should be neat, but you may give it the appearance of being lived in by including a few pieces that aren’t quite perfect.

Photos that don’t look like they’ve been retouched or have had excessive effects added to them resonate with users and help them connect with the design more effectively. This is due to the fact that the imagery is more approachable and genuine. The quality of being staged or contrived, which is typically associated with commercial photography, does not seem to be present in authentic photos. The women don’t appear to have an excessive amount of makeup on, and the background isn’t quite spotless (although it still looks good).

This trend in photography is applicable to photographs used for websites, brands, as well as printed brochures and projects. (When it comes to weddings or portraits, you won’t see it as much as other types of photography.)This more authentic photographic style has the added benefit of producing photographs that successfully forge a link between the design and the end-user.

Mask and the distance

mask photography

The year 2022 is seeing a shift toward portrait photography patterns that represent social distancing behaviors, such as individuals in images donning masks. Businesses still require photos of individuals to utilize for the material on their social media platforms, so ask the subjects of your photographs to keep a distance of six feet from you and to wear their masks appropriately, if applicable. Since a significant number of clothing companies have introduced masks to their product lines, it is probable that masks will continue to feature prominently in fashion photography trends.

As a result of the pandemic, many people in different parts of the world have begun to practice behaviors such as wearing masks and maintaining greater social distance (and have even been perceived as more attractive for doing so). This is something that is also becoming apparent in photographic work. The usage of masks in photography is a depiction of the era in which we currently find ourselves living, and good photography that is taken at the right time properly represents reality. Images may show people in the photos wearing full masks or people wearing partial masks, which is also a thing in some circles and can be seen in some images. Another aspect of this photography style that is typical of the contemporary world is showing people who aren’t crowded together or standing in close proximity to one another.

High-contrast photography

high-contrast shot

High-contrast photography is all about playing with the intensity of lights and tones in a particular frame. A typical high-contrast shot involves multiple significant variations between the light and dark tones. For instance, if you capture a warm sunset with a bright sunset and a dark foreground, you have essentially created a high-contrast image.

While high-contrast photography is heavily based on hard light and dark shadows, it is not always necessary for both elements to be present in order to achieve the high-contrast effect. Hard light on its own will create a bright subject, and you can always tweak the shot’s shadows and other tones in the post-editing session. Most often, high-contrast photography is done under bright sunlight around the midday when the sun is at its peak; the bright and warm sunlight will automatically produce hard-edged and heavy shadows, giving a perfect high-contrast effect. Low sunlight or cloudy weather may result in soft light and in turn, give out soft light which will reduce the contrast of the setting. So aim for midday lighting and the golden hours for best results.

Still life photography

still photography

The sub-genre of photography known as still life is one of a kind. One of the things that makes it so unique is the fact that the topics covered are, for the most part, not particularly engaging. They are merely regular things that you probably wouldn’t give much thought to under normal circumstances. In order to be effective in still life photography, you will need to develop techniques to make your photographs attractive to viewers. Because of this, it is an excellent method of photography for developing one’s talents in other areas.

Photographers that specialize in still life may give their subjects a sense of movement and vitality by playing with a variety of layouts, lighting, and compositions. Even in printed designs, staged still life pictures are becoming increasingly popular for website hero headers and the like. For a product or a brand, this photography style involves a photographer gathering items in order to create an image that shows a scene of neatly-arranged items. Most of these photographs appear to be taken from a high angle, allowing the viewer to be a part of the scene from above. For the most part, these images have a plain table or background so that the attention is drawn solely to the richly detailed and vibrant elements present in the foreground.

Video and cinemagraphs

the ripple effect

There was a time, not too long ago, when you needed two cameras in order to capture usable video footage and take images of a reasonable enough quality to be useful. But that period of time is now history. The digital single-lens reflex cameras available on the market today are quite adept at switching between those two duties at a moment’s notice. The vast majority of modern cameras are capable of recording video in Super-High-Definition 4K, and some can even record in 8K.

Photographers are making the most of the additional power that is at their disposal thanks to the development of new technology. After all, video is nothing more than a series of still images played backward, so why not make advantage of the technology if you have it? In order to create productions of broadcast quality, it is now normal practice for photographers to operate their DSLR cameras while they are placed in cages, with lighting and shotgun microphones also installed.

The cinemagraph is one of the trends that has been more popular since it first appeared. These photographs, which seem to be stationary, really include some kind of motion in them. Perhaps it is the water that flows through a stream or the ripples that form on a lake. The picture seems to leap off the screen thanks to the little animation, and web designers will find these tiny files much simpler to include in online advertisements or the backgrounds of web pages.

Minimalism and surrealism

a minimalist shot

This year, you’ll hear a lot more about these two art phrases, which have been around for centuries. The goal of minimalism is to pare down a piece of music to its essentials. Is there a way to make an item more relevant to the point you’re making? If not, it should be discarded. Minimalist graphics may seem stark, yet they may be effective in a variety of ways. They appeal to a wide range of people and may also be visually attractive. Because they may be used with a variety of different layouts, they are a favorite among designers.

However, despite their similarity, surrealism and lucid dreaming are two distinct genres. With surrealism, the goal is to merge the subconscious with the actual world. There are a few of well-known surrealists: Salvador Dali and René Magritte who have set the bar quite high with their amazing ideas of surrealism.

Surrealism may begin with experimental photography as a starting point. Here, photographers experiment with less-than-traditional methods in order to produce something fresh. Some of it is done in post-production, while other photographers go to town on it while they’re out there taking pictures. The Dadaist art movement has influenced experimental photography.

More drone activity

drone capturing from above

It would be remiss of us not to include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in our list of 2022 trends. Drones are known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in military jargon. In recent years, they have become commonplace, and their shooting powers, even on basic drones, are unmatched. Drones are becoming more common, and as a result, it’s imperative that you get familiar with the laws and regulations that govern their use. Many photographers are not aware that the FAA, the U.S. government’s aviation authority, regulates the use of drones in aerial photography.

As a result, drones may need to be registered, and their pilots may need to have licenses or other credentials. Even if you’re merely going to a foreign country for a vacation, you’ll need to get clearance from the country’s aviation authorities. Drones are here to stay, but privacy regulations are just now catching up with the technology they’re being used for. Drone photography has been expanding over the past year or two.

The bird’s eye perspective, straight down shot is one of the most noticeable aesthetic trends brought forth by drones. The lack of a horizon adds a special touch to these photographs, making them one of a kind. It’s possible to notice patterns that you can’t detect from the ground level thanks to aerial photography.

Better smartphone photography

phone and gimble

Mobile devices have been competing with consumer-level point-and-shoot cameras for years now. It’s easy to see where they have an edge. Almost everyone is always carrying their smartphone around with them. We cannot say that about traditional cameras. Phone manufactures have stepped up their game as more and more users realize the usefulness of their phone’s camera. There are many who have gone all-out to compete for the photographer’s business, while others have worked steadily to develop the greatest phone camera they could for each edition

The mobile phone has become the primary tool for content makers and social media influencers. All of these cameras are capable of 4K video recording, high-quality sound, and stunning still photographs. The top smartphones now come with three or four distinct lenses and camera configurations. A smartphone is a powerful tool for video creators thanks to a large range of aftermarket filters, lenses, and accessories. Better phone cameras have camera manufacturers feeling the pinch. Even while flagship cameras have bigger sensors and more lens choices, most consumers use their smartphones for most of their photo-taking requirements.

Capturing for a cause

LGBT rally

It is not difficult to identify a charitable organization that needs assistance, regardless of the topic that interests you. Photographers who work in stock photography are used to monitoring social trends in order to forecast which photographs are likely to be popular with buyers this year. Images that recognize the value of diversity and the collaborative efforts of individuals from a variety of backgrounds are frequent winners. The promotion of positive racial relations, the protection of civil and gender rights, and the elimination of all types of discrimination are now popular issues of discussion. In 2022, problems pertaining to gender non-binarity and the empowerment of women will be of particular significance.

In addition, there is a continuing movement toward the incorporation of more ages within photographic work. A great approach to looking at portraiture and photography, in general, is to try to find methods to portray the progression of life by including people of all ages in the subject matter of the photographs. A prepared photo conveys significantly less about a person or location than a candid moment that was caught on camera that was unplanned and genuine. After all, the objective is to demonstrate what it is like to be human, and the purpose of this trend is to demonstrate everything. In addition, this is simply one more step towards our overall goal of honoring the variety that exists within our community.