“The Roaring Twenties” Among 2020 Creative Trends Says Shutterstock

Curious about the creative trends that will fly this year? Shutterstock just announced their predictions for global and local trends that will influence the design and visual culture for 2020.

It’s that time of year again when the creative community refers to fearless forecasts on the top creative trends to guide their personal projects and professional work. Among the most trusted is Shutterstock’s annual Creative Trends Report, which is now on its ninth edition. For 2020, the company has identified three major trends, the local favorites found in 25 countries across the globe, and five rising trends set to gain traction.

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Futurism, Zine Culture, Neons Top Shutterstock Creative Trends for 2019

Shutterstock reveals a fascinating assortment of visual trends and unique styles that are in store for us this 2019.

Need some insights on the biggest creative trends to help with your upcoming projects? Shutterstock’s Creative Trend Report for this year is now out, and it has some pretty interesting predictions on the ideas, styles, and concepts that are set to shape this year’s creative projects. While a lot of these seem to lean more for design work, marketing campaigns, and visual art, we’re sure some photographers and multi-disciplinary creatives will find them nonetheless useful and inspiring.

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The 2018 Shutterstock Creative Trends Report Cites “New Minimalism”

Fantasy, New Minimalism, and Space are this year’s major creative trends, according to Shutterstock.

The predictions for this year’s creative trends have started to pour in. Shutterstock is the latest to weigh in on the ideas and concepts that will most likely shape the creative industry throughout 2018. Whether you’re a stock image photographer, a design professional, or a visual artist, you may find these trend findings useful or inspiring for your upcoming personal and commercial projects.

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Travel and Lifestyle Top Alamy’s 2018 Image Trends

Travel and lifestyle dominate Alamy’s image trend findings for 2018.

UK-based stock image provider Alamy has recently chimed in with their insights into the most popular stock photography trends as of the start of 2018. If you’re among the photographers in the UK and US who regularly contribute to the stock image site, you might want to learn about their fearless forecast.

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Re-Constructed Food Pokes Fun at Food Photography Trends

All images by Greg Stroube. Used with a Creative Commons Permission.

Photographer Greg Stroube wanted to do something a bit creative, and so his Re-Constructed food photography series pokes fun at the deconstructed food trend. You see, this is a trend where photos pretty much just show off the ingredients that make up a larger, more complete meal. You’ve probably seen it all over the place as they’re sometimes pivotal to recipe photography and videos. So what Greg does is take the cooked food and tries to put it all back together again after each piece has been separated and cut.

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Adobe Predicts the Top Aesthetic Trends in Photography for 2016

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Adobe released a couple of their thoughts on the trend outlook of 2016 when it comes to photography. Overall, there’s great news: they’re mostly centered around actually being creative instead of spewing out whatever hipster aesthetic you can. While Adobe states that the hipster aesthetic is still popular, they also state that newer trends are emerging and that brands (and therefore photographers) should be on the lookout for them.

But otherwise, it says lots about what the top tier of photographers have been doing for a while.

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Fujifilm’s Instax Sales Trends Show Incredible Growth

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When we talked with Fujifilm earlier this year about the state of their film industry, they talked about heavy emphasis on their Instax sales and marketing. And according to a new PDF on Fujifilm Holdings, the growth has been bigger than anyone can possibly imagine. Granted, what we see above in Green are projected numbers, but they’re still quite substantial. Combine this with how the growth has happened over the past years, and the data is even more amazing.

According to the document, Fujifilm’s core sales strategy is to market many of its most popular cameras to young women and teens. However, there are still segments geared towards smartphone users, families and adults. Interestingly, the Instax Wide film is more for families and the Mini 90 is for the adults–or at least they are according to Fujifilm’s data.

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Time Lapses with District 7 Media: The Creatives Behind the House of Cards Intro

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All images by Drew Geraci/Arthur Breese and District 7 Media. Used with permission.

If you’re a fan of the hit Netflix show House of Cards, then you’re already familiar with the show’s opening sequence. It is one of the few shows out there to exclusively use a timelapse. This timelapse was done by Andrew Geraci and District 7 media: who do a large number of creative video and timelapse work. We got a chance to talk to the team about working on that timelapse and about shooting in general.

Be sure to also follow District 7 media on Facebook and Twitter.

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This Senior Portrait Shoot by Jake Zaepfel Will Make You Laugh

All images by Jake Zaepfel. Used with permission. See his work on Instagram, Facebook, and his Website.

“They look like Sexy Kenny Powers,” I said to photographer Jake Zaepfel in a Facebook conversation. He laughed. In fact, Jake credits the entire thing to his client, Dane. The amazing photos wouldn’t have been possible without Dane’s confidence and personality. It all happened after an offer Jake put out. Essentially, he let seniors have free photography sessions amid the Coronavirus pandemic. He then blew up on the local news, and in a few weeks he had 75 senior portrait sessions. And even after I sent Jake the interview questions, he was shooting and editing a wedding. Jake is an understandably busy guy with this much talent. But he walked us through this shoot and his creative vision.

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One Camera Brand Has Issues in Our Weather Sealing Simulation

We saw people try to test 4k 60p video for a half hour; so we figured we’d do something equally stupid with weather sealing.

Go ahead! Tell us how stupid the test we did on Pro Camera Reviews was. But also keep in mind that some folks try to record video at 60p 4k for a half hour. Our test involved pouring water on cameras from a thermos. It simulates the weather sealing tests we do in real life, but in a little bit of time. Best of all: pretty much everything kept working! So if you’re going for the top line mirrorless cameras, know that they’ll be fine in most rain.

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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Has a Most Unusual Problem

No one would have suspected that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN would have had this problem.

If I told you that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN had distortion, you wouldn’t believe me. Sigma has always struck homeruns for image quality, but their latest lens is an exception. In fact, Sigma told us that we need to turn on peripheral correction in the camera. And even after that, we’re still very shocked. It’s got a beautiful bokeh, and when shooting portraits, it still does a solid job. But if you’re shooting portraits in a scene with lots of straight lines, you’ll probably suffer a distortion issue. In our latest episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we dove into this.

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Are Sales Proving That Full Frame Is Beating Small Sensor Cameras?

What do all these full frame cameras entering the market mean for small sensor cameras?

Everyone can say that full frame cameras are good, and that smaller sensors don’t make much of a difference, but it seems like manufacturers have a different idea. They’re flooding the market with full frame cameras while there haven’t been many APS-C launches. With so many full frame cameras in the market, why would anyone necessarily go APS-C at the prices they’re at right now? Fujifilm is a welcome exception with the rendering of the X Trans sensor and its stunning lenses. But manufacturers probably see something different. Possibly, more and more people want full frame, so to make more money, why not put more out there? Indeed, there’s a lot of full frame cameras. And in our last episode of Pro Camera Reviews, we broke it all down.

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The Flying Darkroom: A Traveling Container for Children in Need

Serbest Salih has been helping Syrian refugee children creatively express themselves with the Sirkhane DARKROOM.

“Seeing children learn photography and getting the chance to express themselves motivates me to continue this workshop and make it bigger,” says 26-year-old Serbest Salih. Currently based in Turkey, he is the Director of Sirkhane DARKROOM, a photography school in an impoverished neighborhood in the city of Nusaybin. “It gives young people the opportunity to develop life skills such as group dynamics, adopting universal values, improving coordination and concentration, therefore developing a healthy personality and healthy social communication skills.” Now, he’s trying to turn this into a bigger project with the Darkroom. Sometimes called the Flying Darkroom, it’s a giant shipping container that has been converted for educational and Darkroom usage. The vessel will travel every three months to serve underprivileged communities–or at least that’s the goal. For Serbest, this project is all about helping children express themselves.

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All the Big Pubs Are Doing it, Why Not Us? Donate to the Phoblographer

Donating to The Phoblographer ensures that we continue to produce original content with a unique point of view.

Hi folks. We figured that since all of the big publications are doing it that we might as well too; today, we’re asking you to donate to the site. Your donations go towards paying the staff, who are all compensated ethically and fairly compared to many large photography blogs out there. Since 2009, we’ve stood by both this policy and by being 100% transparent with you. We’ve encouraged YouTubers and other sites to do the same. We honestly also have some of the most strict editorial policies in the Photo Publication world.. So, if you’re inclined to ensure that a our publication can keep paying rent, its workers, and its debt, then please either consider clicking the link below or reading on to find out more.

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There’s tons of misinformation out there about websites like ours. I’m going to address some of that misinformation with facts. I find myself doing this over and over again.

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Weird Stock Photos: We Have No Idea What’s Happening but These Stock Photos Are Hilarious

These stock photos will serve as your potent dose of humor or oddity — we’ll let you take your pick.

We’re no strangers to the fact that Reddit is a repository of all things weird and wonderful. We’ve seen our fair share of the wonderful of late, so today’s find is all about the weird (or the wonderfully weird side of the Interwebs, as we think some of you may find it). Whether you’re in the stock photography business or are starting to grow an interest in it, we bring you the strangest collection of snaps that have ever been submitted — or sneaked — into some of the leading stock photography websites out there.

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Photo Projects You Can Do at Home While Quarantined

You potentially have a lot of time on your hands, which means it’s time to get creative and try some new photo projects!

COVID-19 has completely taken over the world. The impact it has had on global industries, including the photo industry, is catastrophic. People are doing all they can to keep going, keep sane, and keep happy. For a photographer, being stuck at home (if you’re in quarantine) is terrible – especially if you do most of your work outdoors. But it’s important not to let the gloom take over, and we all have to push ourselves to be creative. If you’re scratching your head as to what you can do at home creatively, don’t worry. Here are some photo projects you can work on while stuck in quarantine.

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Will 2020’s Occulture Visual Trend Spill Onto Photography?

It will be interesting to see how the growing curiosity and visual experimentation involving the occult, esotericism, and spirituality translate into photography projects this year.

Among the visual trends Shutterstock included in their fearless forecast for 2020 is Occulture, which they described as imagery involving spiritual elements like magic, astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and palmistry, with motifs that range from cosmic to creepy. We’re definitely seeing a lot of these in illustrations, packaging design, and branding. We’re sure some of you may be wondering whether this trend will crossover to photography? How can photographers use and interpret this growing interest in the occult?

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You’re Too Busy Shooting for Likes and Missing Beautiful Moments

In an age when everyone is seeking to capture the so-called “Instagrammable” moments, we may be overlooking the simple joys and beauty in photographing the mundane. 

Social media has affected societies in ways that perhaps not a lot of us have foreseen. Like a wave crashing over the shore, it has taken over many aspects of our personal, social, and creative lives. Photographers of this generation are not immune to this, as evidenced by the myriad of trends that pop up on Instagram, further magnified by YouTube. What sells on these platforms dictate a lot of what is made and gets passed around. This observation has led me to think about how we’re missing out on a lot of beautiful and authentic moments simply because we’re overlooking the mundane.

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This Commercial Depicts the Nimslo 3D Camera as a “Miracle”

“Miracle” is a rather dramatic claim for the Nimslo 3D camera, but the commercial isn’t entirely wrong, given the popularity of the camera today!

Among the photography trends that have been enjoying some renewed interest in recent years is 3D photography or stereoscopic photography. As part of the film photography revival, the technique has found its way into the creative tools (and Instagram feeds) of photographers charmed by the unique results. The 3D film cameras, of course, are quirky curiosities of their own. Among them is the Nimslo 3D camera from the 1980s, which today’s featured vintage camera commercial has dubbed “a miracle in photography” and “the most important new camera in your lifetime.”

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Old School Instagram Filters

Whether you’re curious about the origins of Instagram’s most popular filters or want to achieve their look with the real stuff, we have just the photography cheat sheet for you.

Instagram may be the biggest thing to hit the online world in recent decades, but the visual aesthetics that catapulted it to popularity were largely borrowed from the glory days of film. In fact, without these retro vibes and nostalgic feels, it probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the phenomenal success and influence we see to this day. Want to know which cameras and films gave the famed filters their trending look? Today’s photography cheat sheet has the formulas that will give you the real deal!

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