8 Photography trends for 2021

Photography trends can be a major influence on how print and digital designs come together. Here are 8 upcoming photography trends that are sure to be all the rage as the new year begins.

1. Silhouettes

The beauty of silhouette images is that they are open to interpretation. By reducing your model to a shape, people can project themselves into the world that you depict in your photo.

Silhouette images are created using backlighting. Position your subject in front of a strong light source, with no light coming from behind your camera.

2. Social distancing

Businesses still need images of people to use for their social media content, so ask your photo subjects to maintain 6 feet of distance and to wear their masks correctly.

Many clothing businesses have added masks to their product line, so fashion photography trends will likely continue to include masks.

3. Public Art

A mashup of reality in images against art. These photos are often bright and fun with a lot of focus on an art element, such as a mural or graffiti. The subject of the photo might be clearly defined or just provide a hint of human connection, such as the image above that features only hands against a strong artistic background.

4. drone photography

Thanks to drone photography, more projects are using images that feature a bird-eye-view of something. It’s a popular technique with images that capture events or places.

Look for images with strong shapes, identifiable markers, and an overall sense of creativity. The images will draw you in, such as the photo above, as you try to take in all the details of the scene.

5. Authenticity

Thanks to drone photography, more projects are using images that feature a bird-eye-view of something. It’s a popular technique with images that capture events or places.

Look for images with strong shapes, identifiable markers, and an overall sense of creativity. The images will draw you in, such as the photo above, as you try to take in all the details of the scene.

6. Soft Background blur

A shallow depth of field means that your foreground is clear, but the entire background is blurry. This photo trend helps to emphasize the focal point of your image and communicate the story you are attempting to portray. 

7. Bright colors

The same bright colors that are dominating design projects are also creeping into more photos as well. Color can be used in very much the same way with photography as in general design.

Backgrounds, foregrounds, and bright accents can help draw users into photos and help them understand the content even better. It can also make images stand out so that they are more visually intriguing as a design element on their own.

7. cinematographs

Cinemagraphs are still images with a hint of motion. The images surprise the user just enough to keep them engaging with the design. Photos have plenty of depth, balance, and visual interest in this style that only works with digital design projects.

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