If you're a stock photographer, or aren't currently but you are thinking of venturing down this route, then knowing what photography trends are going to be popular over the next few months will be very helpful. Stock site Alamy know this and so, to help you out, they've put together an image trend report to keep you ahead of the game.
To compile their data, they looked at thousands of images their customers have purchased over the past 3 months to identify trends and patterns in both UK and US markets.
In the UK, the number one key trend is 'mobile photography' followed closely by 'lifestyle' images. These two trends almost go hand-in-hand with the popularity of camera phones meaning more of our everyday lives, without any staging, are being captured.
Commenting on the trend, Alamy says: "This collection of images boasts high production values, with tasteful filter effects, unusual camera angles, lens flare and an absence of staged shots, demonstrating the move towards more realistic imagery that perfectly captures those everyday moments."
The third trend coming out of the UK is 'environment' with topics such as renewable energy, and the images to illustrate this, proving to be popular purchases.
Across the pond, America is definitely the central theme people are searching for with terms such as 'US business', 'American culture' and 'US-centric travel' taking the top trend spots.
Commenting on the 'US business' image trend, Alamy says: "Corporate imagery has long been a cornerstone of stock library content, but we’re seeing a more diverse range of work environments on offer in this lightbox. In a sphere once dominated by nine to five office cubicles and flash executives, small studios, more casual environments and out-of-office working situations are on the up. We live in the age of entrepreneurship and the start-up, and people need a wider pool to pick from when depicting modern working environments."
Images related to sports, iconic personalities and politics are as popular as ever while those wanting to tap into the growing staycation market are searching for iconic photos of the USA that explain, without words, why US cities and states are the perfect places for a break.
For more information on the report, and upcoming photography trends, visit the Alamy website.