Top 5 Trends in Digital Photography

Photography is a combination of creativity as well as planning. In today’s digital world however, technology has become a core part of this field. In order to successfully convert an idea into print, a combination of innovative devices and software are required. It is important to note that photography is no longer restricted to professionals, becausewith the advent of technology, amateur photographers are also on the rise.

As digital photography enters a stage that is exciting and radical, individuals need to keep themselves abreast with the latest trends and developments. The hardware and the software available these days make photography easier, more detailed, and a lot of fun!

Here is a look at the top five trends that have been sweeping across the world of photography. Both professionals and amateurs photographers can benefit from learning and implementing these trends.

Digital Infrared

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Digital Infrared is the type of photography in which an image sensor of the digital camera is sensitive to infrared light. It covers a range of the spectrum that is slightly above red light. When digital cameras are manufactured, there have filters which protect them from infrared light. This is required because it would otherwise cause disturbances in normal photography. However, digital infrared photography is now a growing trend. This new form lets photographers peek into a world that is otherwise unseen. Unusual colors, shades, and hues make digital infrared photos absolutely unique and extraordinary!

DSLRs can be used for this type of photography, if their infrared filters are removed and replaced with a piece of clear glass, or with a visible light blocker filter. The clear glass makes the camera sensitive to the entire light spectrum. The filter that blocks visible light makes the camera focus only on the non-visible color range, which includes infrared. An alternate method to try this new trend is to use software that will add filters to a normal colored image and convert it to an infrared one. This pseudo-infrared method can be the first step to try one’s hand in this form of photography, without making changes in the hardware.

Color Management

The next trend in digital photography is the use of color management. When a photograph is clicked, one hopes that the colors will appear exactly the same on the display screen, and then in the printout. However, in the real world, this usually never happens. The reason for this issue is because the camera, the computer and the printer, communicate with each other, but do not always speak a common language. In order to bring about an improvement in a photographer’s workflow, color management has been introduced.

When a photograph is shot, the camera stores it in the form of pixels. Each pixel is then color coded as a combination of values of Red, Green, and Blue. For example, 86/250/18 is a color space, which is essentially the representation of colors using numbers. This is the language that is used between devices to communicate about colors. However, one problem still persists asthe camera, computer, and printer still talk in different color languages, and the R/G/B values are not consistent across these devices.

Fortunately, the International Color Consortium has come up with ICC profiles, which is a standardized color language that is to be used for all hardware. This finally means that from the click of the camera to the image output, color information that is passed on is exactly the same.

This trend in photography is sure to make life much easier for all photographers. It also helps in sustaining the true image that was first clicked with a digital camera.

High-Dynamic-Range (HDR)

Most people have probably heard of HDR, which stand for High-Dynamic-Range. This feature captures a much higher dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas in a frame, than what most photography techniques presently allow.

When a human eye looks at a landscape, it sees the bright sky as well as the dark lands equally well. However, when a camera captures the same scene, it is unable to gather details from both areas. For this reason, a photograph will either have a properly exposed sky with an underexposed land, or a properly exposed land with an overexposed sky. This is where HDR comes in to rescue photographs!

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This process usually involves clicking a range of images of the same scene in a sequence, but at different exposures. The three photos that are taken are underexposed, normally exposed, and overexposed. HDR software like Photoshop and Photomatix then merge these three frames together and create one single photo. This fusion of images usually leads to an HDR image which is absolutely stunning!

This trend is sure to stay, as it gives photographers a chance to make photos look realistic. This technique goes a step further by making real world objects look like art!

Superzoom

A photographer in this age faces a problem of having to carry heavy camera equipment. As someone’s interest in photography increases, their camera bag tends to get heavier with new lenses and other accessories. To help reduce this load, a new trend in this field has been the introduction of an all-in-one zoom lens. This means that there is no longer a need to carry a dozen lenses, because one lens will do most of the work.

Superzoom can be very useful to amateur photographers who do not wish to buy a wide range of expensive equipmentor travel around with a heavy load. Changing lenses may also seem cumbersome and confusing for those who are not experts in this field. Superzoom gives a photographer much better mobility, and the chance to learn photography without it being a physical burden.

Black and White Photography

One trend that has never really gone away, but has once again prominently emerged in photography, is the fine art of taking black and white images. Digital photography has made this form much easier than the days of the darkroom.

Present day tools and software allow strong contrasts and fine details to be beautifully captured in black and white. High contrast lighting, distinctive shapes and dramatic textures are the perfect subjects of this form of photography. Some digital cameras come with the option of B&W. Others can use softwarethat takes away all colors except shades of black, white, and grey. Amateur photographers can learn this art by converting colored images into non-colored ones through such software. Though this trend had never really died, digital photography has breathed in some new life to it!

Digital technology has revolutionized photography. Professionals and hobbyist photographers now have the opportunity to be extremely creative and yet do it with ease. These latest trends in photography show how this field is developing each day, and how ideas in the mind can now be converted into a printed photograph. Since photography is no longer confined to professionals or people who own advanced equipments, this means that digital technology is sure to branch out even further. This evolution of digital technology, with promising new inventions, is sure to unleash more creativity and excitement among photographers!









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