By : Nikon School Blog | 6 May, 2017 |
We're already in the 4th month of 2017 and it's a good time to reflect over the trends in Photography that ruled last year and analyse what's trending now and will continue to trend this year. It's always difficult to predict trends as peoples' response to technology and concepts are unpredictable. The list of trends in photography discussed below is a result of observing social media platforms, discussions, and responses from workshop participants in Nikon School workshops.
Every year, the number of serious practitioners of street photography keeps growing. The current trend is to make a personal statement on the various issues being featured in mainstream media. With many contests and social media platforms dedicated to street photography, this year will also see a steady growth in the number of street photographers.
Black and White
Ever since digital technology enabled its comeback, B&W has never gone out of trend. In almost all genres, black and white images feature equally or more than colour images. This year too, the trend is sure to continue.
Wedding photography remains one of the most promising careers in photography. It is relatively easy to start a career as a wedding photographer if you consider the cost of basic gear required. In the past few years, respect and earning potential for wedding photographers has increased in India. Going by the number of newcomers joining this field last year, the trend will continue this year too.
With the ever growing concern for environment, wildlife photography remains one of the favourites of new photographers. Particularly, bird photography has a steadily increasing following going by the social media trends of the last few years. The new, affordable and lightweight zooms and fast shooting DSLRs are helping this trend. This trend is likely to continue this year too.
There has been a steady growth in outdoor adventure activities among Indians in the last few years. With the availability of cameras designed to be used exclusively for adventure, like the Nikon Keymission series, action photography is going to be a rising trend this year too.
Ultra wide and fish-eye
People who took up photography in the last few years are now trying to up their game and be different. One trend we see growing since the last two years is ultra wide angle photography. Ultra wide lenses like the AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED or the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F/2.8 G ED are being used in wedding, travel, and portraiture. Even fish eye lenses are being used to make dramatic, eye-catching images.
Helped by the advanced movie making capabilities of the new DSLRs, even amateur photographers have started experimenting with short film making. Contests like ShortsOnNikon have given such film makers wonderful platforms to reach out to a wider audience. This year is expected to see a rise in this trend.
In this year, we can expect more people to use wireless transfer technology like SnapBridge to easily share images shot by the camera to social media platforms. Using these apps for remote shooting will also become more common.
Even with smaller, lighter cameras that claim to do their job well, DSLRs still rule when it comes to serious photography. Not just that, photographers often aspire to upgrade to larger formats, most commonly, to full frame (35mm equivalent). With higher image quality, sturdier bodies, better high ISO performance and lower prices, upgrading to full frame cameras will surely be one of the photography trends in 2017.