As we look ahead to 2023, it’s clear that the world of photography is constantly evolving and adapting to new technologies and trends. Here are a few of the most exciting photography trends we can expect to see in the coming years:

Virtual Reality Photography: With the growing popularity of virtual reality technology, it’s no surprise that VR photography is on the rise. This type of photography allows users to fully immerse themselves in a scene or event, creating a truly unique and interactive experience.

Drones: Drones have become increasingly popular for capturing aerial photography and video, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. From stunning landscapes to action sports, drones allow photographers to capture angles and perspectives that were previously impossible.  I love using my little drone and getting a new perspective with my images.  This year I plan to do more video with it.

Smartphone Photography: Smartphones continue to improve in terms of camera quality, making them a viable option for professional photographers. Expect to see more photographers using their smartphones to capture candid, spontaneous shots on the go. The technology in phones in terms of software is also improving in leaps and bounds. It’s becoming so easy to use Photoshop type techniques such as object removal in the phone without the need for a computer.  It’s extremely mobile these days in workflow.  From image capture to editing, watermarking, and using in videos or on social media all within the confines of the phone.

Social Media: With the increasing importance of social media in the world of photography, expect to see more photographers utilizing platforms like Instagram and TikTok to showcase their work and connect with their audience. I myself am moving more towards video on social media than ever before. To sell my design products, concepts and just for fun as Tiktok is a very easy software platform to edit within.  YouTube is also moving more towards short videos that people can digest on the go like Instagram Reels and Tiktok videos.  The trend is involving faster paced and shorter bites of data to consume rather than long magazine articles or videos of the old days.  It does seem to be having an affect on society though, as in people’s attention spans are becoming less and less, especially in young people.  If something doesn’t grab them in seconds, it’s so easy to flick a finger and scroll to the next piece of video content or photo that interests.

Artificial Intelligence: AI is already being used in the world of photography to enhance and edit photos, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023 .AI is also becoming popular among artists who can use it to create photos or drawings just by typing into an online program and creating art to sell. There will always be people to use this technology and those that stay away from it as they see it as cheating and robbing true artists who produce work the old fashioned way. It was the same when digital first came out and film buff purists refused to ‘cheat’ and use any form of post production with their images.  Most eventually succumb to the new way of doing things.

Black and white photography will continue to be popular because it really never goes out of style.  Bringing back film is also an emerging trend among some photographers which can lead to a new found love of photography and the way we see the world.  Vintage styling and editing I predict will also stay around for a while longer yet as well as raw and honest photography becoming more popular as people move away from plastic skin and over photoshopped models.

Overall, it’s an exciting time for photographers as new technologies and trends continue to emerge. Whether you’re a professional photographer, phone photographer or YouTuber, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends.