Here are some photography trends you can expect to see in the New Year, from the use of drones and different tools to improve your photos to photojournalism and portrait photography. Thanks to technological advances, photographers will continue to find new ways to capture the world around them, even if that means going above or below ground level or taking a more creative approach with their shots. Here are seven photography trends you can expect to see in 2021.
Drones are becoming an increasingly popular tool among professional photographers—for good reason. Shooting with a drone is one of the most effective ways to showcase just how large or small your subject is relative to its surroundings, so if you’re looking to build some jaw-dropping visual content, you’ll want to include drone photography in your portfolio. It’s also useful when creating product shots; because it minimizes camera shake, drones allow you to get high-quality closeups without needing special lenses or other equipment. Of course, there are plenty of nonprofessional uses for drones as well; hobbyists enjoy using them to capture aerial footage of scenic locations and wildlife from new perspectives. Ultimately, no matter who you are and what your business does, there’s a place for drone photography somewhere on your website!
Today’s smartphones are powerful tools that make capable cameras, but they also make us want to take photos with our phones. The result is a proliferation of smaller point-and-shoot cameras that shoot great images, but which are easier to transport and don’t feel as intimidating to new photographers. If you’re buying your first camera or ready to upgrade an older model, consider one of these devices over a bulky DSLR.
Lenses are usually one of your biggest photography investments, but even if you’re on a budget, there are several pro-sumer lens options that will get you better results than you would otherwise be able to achieve. Lenses are probably more important in photography than any other medium. Having said that, there is no need to purchase expensive lenses immediately. Borrow or rent some lenses to see how they fit your workflow before investing in new gear.
Software tools have vastly improved over recent years, and a new generation of apps and platforms has made it easier than ever to learn photography. The downside is that a million different options means it’s difficult to figure out which one(s) are actually worth your time. Here are a few of our favorites. We recommend looking at them all; some will work better with your style than others (which isn’t inherently bad; it just means you should look elsewhere if they don’t seem like they fit with how you work).