5 Photography Trends for 2021 that You Should Know About

5 Photography Trends for 2021 that You Should Know About

Keeping an eye on photography trends is extremely useful for photographers that want to better understand and improve their influence. It’s true, trends can not only indicate what type of photography is making waves but also the skills and ideas that photographers might need to stay ahead. With so much change over the past year, photography trends have also needed to evolve even faster in order to stay relevant to the way we live today. But what photography trends in 2021 should you know about?


Let’s take a look at some photography trends that seem to stand out…


5 Photography Trends for 2021 that You Should Know About


1. Using Photography to Create NFTs

Are you familiar with NFT’s? Photographers can use this rising trend to further monetize their work while embracing what will surely be the marketplace of the future. NFT refers to a digital token (non-fungible token) that is stored on a secure database. Each NFT is unique and a relatively new technology called blockchain allows people to buy and sell these digital pieces of art which makes them a digital asset. Just so you know, this market has exploded over the past year and an NFT recently sold for more than $69 million! Fancy making a few bob from your shots? This Forbes article should help you get started with this incredibly fast-moving photography trend!

Continue Reading: NFT’s Vs. Photography


Dane Jackson at the Green River Race


2. Going Offline with Real People and Real Life Events

At the same time, people seem to be somewhat tired of exaggerated representations of what happens in real-life (Hello, Instagram). This is especially true as the pandemic wears on and people are craving more realism and authenticity in life. In terms of photography trends, this simply means that we might embrace humanity a bit more and focus on photography for events and hopefully even a concert or two this summer!


Preparing for the days market in Hanoi, Vietnam


3. Placing Emphasis on Isolation and Social Distance

You don’t need reminding that social distancing is a pretty big deal at the moment and this photography trend is going strong since last year. But what does this look like exactly?
Aside from the visual of masks or being 6 feet apart, it’s necessary to create an emotional sense of isolation. Silhouettes are the best example of such, for this quickly portrays the separation that we see in today’s society. Either way, this photography trend is all about nurturing a powerful and impactful emotion that creates an instant connection.

New Zealand Lanscape

4. Using the Great Outdoors to Connect

With so much emphasis on space and staying apart, more and more people are turning to the great outdoors. In fact, people are turning to nature for relief just as much as safety which makes outdoor photography a great way to connect with people. This can relate to photography of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping or biking just as much as landscape photography itself.

Trade and lore coffee shop

5. Mastering the Art of Cinematic Photography

It’s a rather big compliment to have a piece of work described as “cinematic” or “Just like a movie”. Unfortunately for many photographers, they think that cinematic photography requires a great deal of skill and not worth the effort. However, some simple tweaks can help you make the most of this photography trend in 2021.


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How Photography Helps Mental Health

How Photography Helps Mental Health

PLEASE NOTE – This blog was written with the help from a new writer that I’ve contracted to help produce more content for my site. You’ll notice little side comments or additional thoughts of my own periodically. I’m a photographer, not a writer. The pictures in all of my blogs are my own, unless otherwise stated.

(According a study by An International Journal of Medicine, mental health problems increased in this pandemic due to general fear and constant anxiety about the COVID-19 epidemic. The media is seen as a significant contributor to this dilemma. In particular, tragic stories about the effects of the virus intensify despair and melancholy.

The study identified several mental health effects that increased rapidly during development, including depression, frustration, anxiety, stress, and anxiety.


Daniel Conerd Photography

How Photography helps mental health

Photography is one of the best and most accessible therapeutic activities. Opposing to popular belief, the equipment required to enjoy photography is minimal. The essential requirement is a camera, and most modern smartphones are already equipped with a camera that produces high-quality shots. (Unless you’re still living in 1995 with your nokia flip phone.)

Photography carries out a positive habit of self-care.

During quarantine, I found myself joining in on the “Take one picture everyday” challenges or the here is a photo prompt, now go create. The new habits that can be formed can really help to motivate you to get out of a creative rut and in turn, helps to improve your overall self-care. The process itself is therapeutic as the brain becomes busy and refreshes psychological well-being.

Photography facilitates interaction with the community

Making valuable connections can greatly improve a person’s well-being. You can meet new people with the same interests by taking pictures and sharing them with communities such as social media groups. Photography is a common foundation for creating conversations, making connections, and ultimately finding support for fighting depression. Now I know this has been quite difficult in 2020, but as the pandemic inches closer to being a thing of the past ( or at least I hope so ) then photography workshops, Instagram meetups, and events, in general, will slowly start coming back and allowing us all to get back together to get creative again.


New Zealand Vineyard Image


Photography can help you recall the joys of life

A photo can capture a unique moment. The images you take will help you regain your memories of the past and the positive thoughts that accompany them. “Take a look at this photograph, every time it makes me laugh.” Chad whatever his last name Nickleback is.. lol. but Chad might be right on this one.

Photography can help heal

When taking a picture, the brain works to maintain the cognitive demands of the activity. The creative process becomes a brain movement that helps improve episodic memory and improve reasoning skills. I know when I’m trying my best to put together a product shoot and I’m working with limited space or materials, I can feel like I’m trying to solve the world’s hardest math problem.

Photography keeps you moving

Taking a picture not only trains the brain but also moves the body to burn calories. Photographers are usually looking for suitable subjects. Whenever I’m out and about with my camera, I always find myself moving in all kinds of different positions to get the perfect shot. I might not be burning calories, but I know my hammies are burning after a long photoshoot!

The love of photography

Photographers are usually attracted to something interesting to them. ( Yeah, no shit)  This makes it easier for people to focus and connect to meaningful subjects. Taking beautiful pictures makes it more rewarding. I’ve always found it best for my own mental health to allow myself to do something that I want to do that doesn’t involve an adult responsibility and photography has always been that thing for me.


Cape Cod Lighthouse


Appreciate the beauty of hidden things through photographs

Pictures let you see the world with different eyes. Not only for situations and places that might otherwise be impossible to explore but also for the angle of the photo itself. The seemingly dull objects and scenes of everyday life can draw attention. In the photo series, you can approach objects from different angles and appreciate them in every aspect. This parallax perception (viewing an object from different angles and perceptions) is a powerful force in photography.


Mindfulness can be an essential element of mental health. Usually, when you talk about it, you will think about meditation and yoga. But I like to say that I find a different level of meditation when I’m behind my camera.

This is the time to evaluate your spiritual landscape. Encourage a state of attention to your surroundings and your thoughts. Whenever you bring awareness to your senses, you are deliberately aware. It’s like pressing the reset button for a moment and taking a breath to pay attention to the sensory experience. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, rumination, working memory, concentration, and self-intuition.

Continue Reading: The benefits of photography on mental health, perspective, and life.

The bottom line

As the pandemic continues, many find it very difficult to enjoy life. It’s good that there are many ways to get out of a depressed mood and keep looking at life positively. What it comes down to is that you just have to keep on keeping on, LOL. If you love photography, then pick up your camera and go take some pictures!

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