You don’t have to look hard on Instagram’s Explore page to see lots of repetition. If you want to stand out from the crowd you need to be actively avoiding some of these photography trends.
Trends exist in all creative mediums. The problem is that when too many people adopt the same ones, that initial creative spark that someone decided to try becomes a played-out, diluted cliche instead. The other big problem with photographers embracing certain trends is that they can date your images very quickly. An image that features a trend made popular several years ago may need to be removed from your portfolio much more quickly than more traditional ones you have made. These concepts and more are addressed in this week's video by the team at The Phoblographer, who discuss many of the photography trends which they believe need to die. Fads such as orange and teal, selective color, and extreme HDR portraits are some of the areas they cover as well as a few of the cliche posing techniques many photographers will ask their subjects to do. The video is a relaxed and fun conversation exploring some of these trends and explains why we shouldn't be doing many of them. I particularly like that this video is not just bashing trends for the sake of it and is motivated more by trying to encourage the photography community to try new things for themselves rather than following the herd or chasing likes on social media.
There is nothing wrong with being on a well-trodden path with your photography, but quite often, the more interesting and rewarding stuff is to be found where fewer people have already walked. Having the ability to spot a trend so you can avoid it can be an important skill to have and why conversations and videos like this are a good idea for all us photographers from time to time.
Are there any photography fads that you think need to die? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Lead image by René A. Da Rin, used under Creative Commons.