“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.

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Alexander Berdin-Lazursky’s Futuristic Fashion Shines in “Lamb of Future”

All images by Alexander Berdin-Lazursky. Used with Creative Commons permission.

With fantasy and futuristic elements among this year’s predicted creative trends, we have a lot of possibilities to look forward to in the photography world. New York-based Alexander Berdin-Lazursky is one of the photographers to watch out for if you’re interested in these trends, or simply want to see extraordinary concepts in fashion photography. His latest set of portraits, curiously titled Lamb of Future, is a fine example of how surreal his visions can be.

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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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Ernest Em Shows you how to Dramatize Portraits Using Simple Prisms

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“When you practice something for a long time, you have to ask yourself why it works that way”, says Ernest Em about his left-field techniques. Also going by the moniker 19Tones, Em creates his portraits using glass prisms. We love how he thinks outside the box. Having that creative vision allows him to deliver images that veer away from the standard portrait, making it much more compelling for the viewer. Peeking behind the curtain, Em shares the creative journey behind his work.

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Daria Kosinova Proves That Fisheye Photos Will Always Be Cool

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“Fashion is the freedom of self-expression–the opportunity to combine the incongruous but, at the same time, not lose that beauty and harmony,” the photographer Daria Kosinova tells me. “I like that mixture of elegance and audacity.” As part of a recent shoot, she brought back a classic tool long associated with trendsetters and risk-takers: the fisheye lens. 

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Dolly Ave Brings a Playful Spirit to Advertising Photography

All images by Dolly Ave. Used with permission.

As a teen growing up in Sikeston, Missouri, Dolly Ave could be found exploring her surroundings with a camera. She ventured into lesser-known urban landscapes, capturing youth culture from the inside-out. There, she found a community of artists and creatives, spending every free moment she could behind the lens. Always one for the spontaneous rather than the staged, her style developed in the streets more than in the studio. She quickly built a reputation for intimate, colorful photos with a splash of personality.

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Are Photographers Who Shoot for an Algorithm Really Artists?

With more photography available for consumption online than ever before, what makes some photographs “art” and others just an exercise in technical photography? And should we care? 

I could not ask these questions in good conscience without sharing how I started as a photographer. I remember the first time that I picked up a camera. I was ten years old, and I was standing in the driveway of my childhood home. My first intuition was to go crazy and snap away at anything that I “liked.” I embraced photography simply as something that I had fun with and nothing more. 

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Photographer Robert Claus Is Inspired by Old Paintings

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My name is Robert Claus. As a kid, I wanted to be an artist—a painter or composer, or preferably both. Life has a funny way of redirecting and planing down these creative (and potentially very expensive) impulses. When I returned to photography as an adult, it was the perfect means of self-expression for me. I could then bring my other passions to bear, from lighting a still life like a 17th century painting, to thinking about sequencing images in a portfolio or collection like a piece of music.


Which photographers are your biggest influences? 

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8 Photography Goals to Work Towards in 2021 (And how to Achieve them)

Setting photographs goals is a great way of ensuring growth.

There are several benefits to setting yourself new photography goals at the start of a new year. Most obviously, it allows you to improve your skillset and get better at your craft. But it also encourages emotional growth, as you work towards targets and take satisfaction when you reach them. Having photography goals can also help you if you find yourself stagnated. And they’re useful for those struggling with their mental health, looking for a focus to help them get out of any darkness they may find themselves in. No matter the motive, goals are essential, and in this piece, we share some ideas for things you can work on throughout 2021.

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We’ve Tested the Best Cameras for Portrait Photography

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Fact: a modern master photographer doesn’t need the best technologies to shoot a great portrait: they need creative freedom and light. But most of us aren’t the best of the best. And until we get there, modern tech can help us. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the best cameras for portrait photography. Most folks refer to lenses, but we also believe there are great cameras for it too.

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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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