Photography, like so many other things, can go out of style. What is popular one year may not be popular the next. And if your images don't reflect the most recent trends, you may appear out of date.
Now that we're approaching the start of a new year, it's critical to keep up with what's new in photography. Here are some looks that will be popular in 2022.
Imagery with Art
Another trend spread from social media is the juxtaposition of reality in images with art. These photographs are frequently bright and fun, emphasising an art element, such as a mural or graffiti. The photo's subject may be clearly defined or provide a hint of human connection, as in the image above features only hands against a solid artistic background.
These images are driven by color, depth, and a sense of creativity.
Use of Vivid Colors
Color theory is a vast and fascinating aspect of design. Color trends, like photography trends, come and go. Vibrant colours, on the other hand, are in right now. Consider vibrant, super-saturated colours that jump off the screen or page. Neon lights, brightly coloured buildings, and vibrant natural landscapes draw attention. This trend is consistent with similar trajectories in the design world, particularly in web spaces.
Silhouettes are making a big comeback.
Consider them in a variety of contexts. You might see a close-up of a person framed in light or a more wide-angle scene where the background is the main focus, and the silhouetted person (or people) serves as an accent.
Masks and Distance
As a result of the pandemic, much of the world has adopted mask-wearing and more socially distant practices. This is reflected in photography as well. Good, timely photography accurately portrays reality, and the use of masks in photographs reflects the period in which we live. Images may depict people wearing full masks or partially, which is also common in some circles. Another aspect of this photography trend that represents the current environment is showing people who are not close together or in large crowds.
Cinemagraphs are still images with a smidgeon of movement. (In the image above, the water moves, although there is no other motion.)
What's unique about this photograph — or video? — The current trend is for images to surprise the user just enough to keep them engaged with the design. This style only works with digital design projects, but the photos have a lot of depth, balance, and visual interest.
Vertical photography is a technique in which the camera is placed on a flat surface, usually the ground. This is mainly used to draw attention to vertical and long landscapes. It is also used to emphasise the subject's height. This technique is used to photograph arches, skyscrapers, structures, and mountains. Of course, this was inspired by social media and the need for the 16:9 format on many digital platforms.
This style is frequently exemplified by a group of young people smiling at a camera phone. The twist is that the people in the photo attempt to create distance between themselves or in much smaller groups than in the past.
2022 will undoubtedly test us in unexpected ways. But if the year 2021 taught us anything, it's that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. As an art form, photography has the power to transcend these difficult times and connect people all over the world, even in the face of a global pandemic and social distancing. Photographers are still producing meaningful and impactful work. They continue to inspire us to travel and make waves.
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