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Types of Creative Photography in 2021


3D Photography

Whether you use a regular digital camera, a smartphone app, or a dedicated 3d scanner and modelling software, this type of photography never fails to impress.

3D photos may remind you of vintage glasses with red and blue lenses, but today’s techniques yield much more convincing results.

Abstract Photography

Abstract photography is a way of creating and depicting a visual image that doesn’t have a direct relationship with the real world.

It’s a means of expressing ideas, thoughts and emotions through the different elements of a picture, without trying to create a traditional or realistic photo.

Adventure Photography

Adventure photography involves capturing images of activities like extreme sports and action-adventure.

Kayaking, rock climbing, spelunking and even sky-diving fall into this category. Action and 360-degree cameras are best suited to this genre.

Advertising Photography

Advertising photography is a commercial venture where images are used for advertising purposes.

These photos might be used in magazines, newspapers, posters, billboards, books and also product catalogues like the one you get each week from your grocery store.

Generally speaking, this genre is more focused on the brand than individual products.

Aerial Photography

Aerial photography involves images captured from a bird’s-eye view, usually from great heights.

While drones can capture aerial photos, this genre also encapsulates images taken from larger aircraft like planes, gliders, helicopters or even hot air balloons.

Aerial photos can be captured by the photographer personally, or by mounting camera equipment to airborne vehicles.

Aesthetic Photography

At the most basic level, if a photograph is aesthetic, it is simply pleasing to the eye, positive in appearance, eye-catching, or able to trigger an emotional response in a viewer.

This genre can encompass many other styles, but in general, it’s something that will develop over your time as a photographer as you experiment with various techniques.

Architectural Photography

Architectural photography captures stunning shots of buildings – usually only the outside. Although with larger structures, photographing cavernous interiors is also part of the job.

These photographs may be used by architects to promote their designs and work.

Astrophotography

Astrophotography is an incredible genre as it involved capturing images of the night sky. Much like astronomy, astrophotography can be used to capture images of deep space objects such as stars, planets and galaxies.

Automotive Photography

Being paid to take photos of fancy cars must be every schoolboy’s dream, but there’s a lot more to automotive photography than meets the eye… and it often doesn’t involve the kinds of ‘dream cars’ we imagine.

Even though the subject doesn’t show expressions like a human portrait model, capturing a vehicle in a creative way requires a lot of work – lighting, composition, post-production – it’s a highly-skilled process, and as such, well-remunerated at the commercial level.

Bird’s Eye View Photography

Whether or not you own a drone, it’s possible to get unique and wonderful bird’s eye view photos of a location whether indoor or out. Think about creative ways to use a fully extended monopod, standing on chairs, climbing trees or just shooting down from tall buildings.

Whatever the case, changing the viewer’s viewpoint in this way can help to differentiate your images. Bird’s eye view shots are often very popular on social media too.

Black And White Photography

Black and white (or monochrome) photography is a little old school but incredibly popular. In this field, photographers only work in black and white and rely on tonal qualities, exposure and contrast to give an image character.

Black and white (or monochrome) photography is a little old school but incredibly popular. In this field, photographers only work in black and white and rely on tonal qualities, exposure and contrast to give an image character.

Blue Hour Photography

Blue hour photography describes being outdoors, capturing photos during what’s known as the ‘blue hour’.

Blue hour happens twice per day. It’s the brief period of unique light cast over a scene right before sunrise and after sunset. Shooting during this time results in moody pics with soft tones.

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