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What Photography Trends Will be Big in 2022?

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Just like so many other things, photography can go in and out of fashion. What’s hot one year may not be in style the next. And if your images don’t reflect the latest styles, it can make you seem like yesterday’s news.

Now that we are coming up on a new year, it’s important to stay updated on what will be trending in photography. Here are some looks that are expected to be big in 2022.

Rustic Backgrounds

Rustic backgrounds have a neutral, woodsy look that’s great for incorporating bright colors and country-style themes. Start off with basics such as:

  • Rocks

  • Woods

  • Trees

  • Grass

…or anything else found in nature. They will make ideal backdrops for fruit, veggies, plaid materials, kitchen elements, and more.

High Drama

In 2022, expect to go so high drama with your photography that it borders on surreal. You can do this by:

  • Using unusual colors

  • Getting super close to your subject

  • Using high contrast

  • Incorporating out of the box lighting effects

  • Playing with sizes by positioning very small objects against very large ones

Science Themes

It could be all this talk of vaccinations that’s putting science in the spotlight, but whatever the reason may be, as a photographer, you need to embrace it.

You can do this by photographing people working in a lab. Space themes will fit the bill as well.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes never really go out of style, but in 2022, you’ll be seeing them in a whole new light. Current trends include wide-angle shots that make the background, rather than the silhouette, the focal point. They are especially handy in stock photos where you won’t want to reveal your subject’s identity.

Outdoor Shots

The pandemic has yielded a renewed interest in the outdoors. People are choosing outdoor activities over indoor spaces that may increase the spread of germs. Photographers are taking advantage of this by shooting subjects in exterior settings, typically solo as opposed to in groups.

Subtle Tints

Subtle filters are a popular trend. They create a sepia-tone look that’s muted and moody.

Reality Mashups

Reality mashups make a fun photography theme. They involve making a person look like they are holding up a building or eating a hamburger painted on a wall. Getting the right color and depth is essential in reality mashup looks.

Birdseye

Birdseye views always make stunning photography. But not any drone image will do. Look for strong shapes and sizes when capturing your photos. These will work to draw the viewer in.

Authentic Imagery

Authentic imagery withstands the test of time. It involves capturing precious moments between family members, friends, or even complete strangers. It should not be staged or posed as that will ruin the effect you are going for.

Masks and Social Distancing

Unfortunately, there’s no real end in sight when it comes to the pandemic. People will continue to need photos depicting individuals wearing masks and social distancing. It will make for ideal subject matter if you are looking to earn income off stock photography.

A new year is here. The topics in this article will ensure you stay on the cutting edge. Which will you be incorporating in the coming months?

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