Trends in Photography series 2

There’s an old saying with trends, what goes around, comes around.

Fashion, hairstyles, trendy cameras, shoes, all go round in a big circle, but it’s important for photographers to keep up to date with latest trends.

There’s no mistaking what Fujifilm’s design team were thinking when they created the X100.


Using an old design with new technology is nothing new, but recent trends show a growing trend for people who like the look, quality and feel of a rangefinder camera, without all the Faff of film.

The X100, though, is something totally different. It’s a beautifully-designed rangefinder-styled camera that squeezes an SLR-size APS-C sensor into its compact body, and sports a fixed, fast F2 maximum aperture semi-wideangle lens with a classic 35mm-equivalent field of view. It uses traditional analogue control dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation, alongside an electronically coupled (‘focus-by-wire’) manual focus ring. But the biggest story is its innovative and unique hybrid viewfinder, which combines a conventional direct-vision optical viewfinder with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, offering the best of both worlds plus a few unique tricks of its own.

Another big Buzz word trending at the moment is 4K

So whats 4K? Cut to the chase for the latest trends with the video taken from the CES 2013.

Do you actually need a DSLR any more?

Walk into a camera store right now, you can pick up a consumer level DSLR, or you can pick up a mirrorless camera that can take photos and video just as fast and at just as good quality.  The difference is the mirrorless camera is less than half the size.  So why would you want a DSLR? Are these trends good for the photographers?

Really the only downfall to mirrorless camera systems right now is that their contrast based auto-focus systems are a bit slow.  But that will improve quickly with newer models.

If you want to know what mirrorless cameras are all about versus DSLRs – check out this video for the Sony NEX mirrorless camera system.

New Sensors.

Look out for not only new sensor models, but new sensor designs and formats as well. All of these trends will conspire to produce an item that offers higher resolution and less noise. And improvements in manufacturing mean these next-gen sensors can be had at a comparable price to today’s models.

It’s generally understood that the bigger the imaging sensor, the better the resolution and less noise. These new sensors provide all of the hallmarks of larger sensors – less noise, more resolving power, quicker data readout – but it can do so on a smaller scale. It’s advances in the manufacturing that allows for more quality sensors to be applied to compact cameras.

Nikon D300s/D7000 fusion.

One of the possible trends is that in 2013 Nikon will merge the D7000 and D300s product lines. There is a good chance that only one high end DX DSLR camera will be announced (D400 or D8000?) that will replace both D7000 and D300s models. The camera will have a “pro” body similar to the D300s and most likely come with a 24MP sensor and 8fps. The D3200 and D5200 should be sufficient to cover the entry level needs. The new DX camera will be the “transition model” to the full frame category (D600). Expected announcement: January/February 2013.

Nikon D4X

The Nikon D4x (not sure about the name) will not be a direct replacement of the D4 and is expected to have a high MP sensor – either the 36MP from the D800 or a new 52MP with 4 fps. Expected announcement: end of 2013.

Positive trends…Lens hire.

More and more people are leaning towards hiring a specific lens for a particlar subject, rather than being put off by the costs of investing in high end primes. This is a brillant way to improve your images by hiring the best lenses, rather than thinking, i haven’t got 2000 quid for that lens so i can’t do that shot.

Typography and photography.

A really creative mix of words and photos are making a comeback, which i think is an encouraging trend. “Word art” made popular with advertising commercials.

great use of typography and photography

Words are mostly taken for granted these days, however, understanding Typography as an art form in it’s own right is one thing, but to combine typography with photography produces some amazing images.

Digital art clever use of typography and photography

Over processed HDR.

What i refer to as toxic or negative trends.

One of the more annoying, negative trends is over processed HDR images, when will this novelty wear off? HDR photography, when it is skillfully manipulated is fantastic. It brings out more details in the sky, more textures, however, the commercial side of HDR albeit popular, is tacky. Some people send me pix to impress, showing off the oversaturated colours, “is this fantastic…or what”? Will it look great in 20 years time…probably not, but you know what trends are like. What goes around…

New Year photographic inspiration for 2013.

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