In this post, we take a look at different types of photography that are popular today. Perhaps it will inspire you to try some of these genres. It’s always a good idea to step out of our comfort zones and try new things to grow our skills as a photographer.
Types of Photography
Abstract photography is a creative form of expression that lets the photographer communicate his ideas with no established rule of composition or technique. It’s often a deconstructed scene where an object is shown in a different concept or context.
Architecture, nature, and landscapes are often used to create abstract photographs.
Architecture photography involves capturing images of buildings, structures, and landmarks. It can be a lucrative business and many professional photographers make a decent living from it. They work with architects, builders, and interior designers.
If you are an astrophotographer, your subjects are
Astrophotography requires planning, location scouting, patience, and
Who doesn’t want professional portraits of their newborn!
Photographers who choose to do newborn photography need to obviously have a knack with young children and possess patience.
It used to be that we had to load a roll of black & white OR a color film into our cameras. Now we can choose to shoot color or black & white straight from our digital cameras. However, we recommend that you shoot in RAW and later convert to black and white in post-processing.
Boudoir photography is becoming popular beause clients enjoy offering sensual portraits to their partners or as a way to boost their self confidence.
Practically every product advertisement that we see today has photos that were most probably shot by a commercial photographer. Brands hire professional commercial product photographers to enhance their product appeal.
Concert photography is an exciting way to capture moments and emotions from a live performance.
Documentary photographers travel to capture events and build stories with the images. These photographers heavily research a story and capture the images that reflect the context.
Here’s an interview we did with documentary photographer GMB Akash from Dhaka, Bangladesh whose work has won many awards.
This is a creative way to get unique images by superimposing two images together.
Drones have become popular and affordable in the past few years. Anyone can now purchase their own unmanned flying vehicle and take amazing aerial photographs.
Check drone regulations before you fly your drone. Some countries/cities now require registration and permits to fly drones.
Photographers get commissioned to do editorial photography for magazines and newspapers to accompany articles. Editorial photographers need to be versatile and knowledgeable in
The event photography business is booming in recent years. From birthday parties to bachelorettes, people love capturing memories of their life events.
Fashion photographers photograph models, apparel, and accessories for the fashion industry. These photos are then used for marketing and branding purposes.
Fashion photographers need to have studio lighting knowledge and often works with stylists.
15. Fine Art Photography
Fine art photography captures the photographer’s personal vision about a subject.
Food photography has become a lucrative business for photographers who work with restaurant and food industry professionals.
Photojournalism is not to be confused with documentary photography. Photojournalists cover recent events that are news worthy.
Every year photojournalists globally are celebrated through the World Press Photo Awards that showcase some of the best images in the industry.
The world is a beautiful place. Landscape photography is all about capturing the scenic view of those
Here is a list of popular landscape photographers to get your creative juices flowing.
Lifestyle photography is about capturing the daily life of subjects while they do what they do. These photos tell stories of people in an authentic way.
Lifestyle photographers possess people skills and enjoy interacting with their subjects.
Light painting photography is a fun way to create unique and interesting images. It involves capturing the movement of a light source through with long exposure.
In photography, long exposure is used to achieve motion blur. You can use this technique for things like, smooth out moving water, ghosting people who are walking in your frame…etc. It helps you capture a sense of motion.
A tripod is absolutely necessary when doing long exposure photography. this is because the shutter speed is considerably lowered in order to achieve the effect.
Macro photography is about taking extremely close-up photographs of the subjects. A life-size zoom on insects, flowers, or snowflakes often create amazing work of art.
Maternity photography has become very popular with expecting parents wanting to immortalize the moment before the baby is born and the changing body of the mom.
24. Pet Photography
Everyone wants portraits taken of their beloved furry family members!
Obviously, the pet photographer needs to have a good way with animals and have props to keep the attention of the animals being photographed.
Portrait photography is all about capturing humans and their emotions. In recent years professional portrait photography demand has boomed due to demand from professionals, models, and entertainment industry.
Real estate photography is not to be mistaken with architecture photography. People hire real estate photographers when they want to rent or sell their property.
Silhouette photography captures subjects in backlighting which makes the subject’s features and details too dark to recognize. Only the figure and shape of the subject is visible. If you aspire to take stunning silhouette photography, master your camera’s metering modes.
Sport and action photography requires photographers to be patient and also quick on their feet. These images are used for journalism and sports event marketing.
29. Still Life Photography
30. Stock Photography
Stock photography is where photographers take photos of various types of photography and make them available for purchase at stock photography sites. These are not limited to a specific
31. Street Photography
32. Surreal Photography
Surreal photography is a creative way to twist perspectives and realities. It involves creating a scene or a world that is not real but rather a vision of the photographer.
33. Travel Photography
Capturing a place through its architecture, food, people, and unique culture is travel photography. From social media to print magazines, there is a boom in travel photography due to people’s interest in traveling to exotic locations.
Underwater photographers usually have diving certificates, special cameras, and water-resistant equipment. They take amazing images of underwater scenery and marine life that most people will never get to experience personally.
Every year a panel of judges reviews photos and rewards the Underwater Photographer of the Year title.
35. Wedding Photography
Wildlife photographers are passionate about nature and animals. They capture wildlife in their natural habitats and usually rely on zoom lenses so as not to disturb the animals.
The yearly competition International Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards wildlife photographers and recognizes their dedicated work.
Which one is your favorite?
We hope this list has inspired you to master a niche and become a photographer. Please let us know in the comments below if we’ve missed a photography genre. You can also let us know your favorite genre with a sample photo too!
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