There are many different styles of photography, as it is a rather broad discipline. Whilst some may have a strong preference for one particular style or variety, there is a place for all kinds across the board. One cannot truly be determined as better or worse than another – they all hold merit and credibility in their particular field, industry or relevance in modern day society.
Here we discuss a few of the more popular varieties out there, from the day-to-day photography you are probably so used to seeing that you don’t even notice anymore, to the heralded and celebrated masterpieces that people come from far and wide to view and appreciate. You may be familiar with few, some or all of the below, and granted there are so many more out there than I could possibly discuss with any kind of detail. But here is a small handful to start with:
This definitely falls under the heading of ‘everyday photography’ that most of us see every day. Fashion photography can be found in magazines, newspapers, online, on billboards and almost every kind of print and visual advertising you can think of! Or at least those that are trying to sell clothing, fashion accessories or launch runway styles in the mainstream. In fact, that’s technically incorrect – people will often utilise fashion photography to help sell a product or service that they will to brand as ‘cool’ or ‘hip’ to the world. It’s a very versatile style of photography and can be used across many different industries, not only for exclusively for fashion alone.
Many people find much beauty and tranquillity in landscape photography, as it focused on capturing the essence and magic of the environment itself. Often you will hear that some people feel like they have a true affinity with nature and that it makes them feel more ‘whole’ or ‘complete’. For everyone else, it’s very difficult not to be impressed or swept away by a beautiful landscape photograph. Colour is often an essential component of this style of photography, as many types of natural landscapes are famed or lauded for their beautiful colours and shades. This could be the luscious green found in the jungle, the dusty ochre tones of the desert, or the deep blue of the ocean. Often spectacular, landscape photography can be emotionally stirring and moving for the soul.
This is certainly a more practical form of photography, as it is essential to a successful and memorable wedding day – and there are not many people who wish to get that wrong! A good wedding photographer will know how to capture the essence of the days itself, and the sense of joy invoked. Because this is a very commercial type of photography variety, you can find a good wedding photographer through the usual methods, such as referrals by people you know and trust, or local business directory. That being said, it’s actually much easier! For example, if you live in Melbourne, you can simply jump online and search for Wedding photographer Melbourne and presto – you’ll find an entire list of candidates! And the best part is that you will also find a number of reviews and recommendations, helping you to choose the best photographer for your wedding.
Whether it be for your professional profile picture, your child’s school photos or simply for art’s sake, portrait photography has a style all of its own. A good portrait (and this applies to both painting as well as photography) requires a large attention to detail and focus on expression. It’s often difficult to judge someone based on a still image of them. Sometime you need to see them animated or in the flesh to truly get an idea of who they are and how they look. Portrait photography has the difficult challenge of trying to get to the end goal without those luxuries or advantages! A good portrait is truly breathtaking and amazing. A bad one will make you feel nothing.
Black and White Photography:
Although technically black and white photography can be applied to any of the above styles, it still truly is a style unto itself. Black and white photography is also faced with a major challenge – to try to capture and convey the same emotions, attributes and qualities of a colour photograph – without any of the colour! And that is a hard thing to do let me tell you. Black and white photography instead relies heavily on utilising light and shade, as well as the different degrees of darkness in an image or scene. But if done well, it can make for a rather incredible sight.
If you are curious about seeking to learn more about photography, then I hope that this list has given you some more insight into the different types you can choose from, and what may appeal to you the most. If you are an aspiring photographer yourself who already knows the particular style that you’re interested in, then that’s great news! Keep practicing and honing your craft, and maybe one day you will find success in the industry!