Innovative Photography Trends to Watch For in 2023

Photography is the practice of capturing light to create still images, using film or digital cameras. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. While images can be created within fractions of a second, the process of photography is incredibly dynamic. And as time passes and technology continues to advance, the complexities of this art form will only continue to evolve. So, what’s in store for the world of film and digital photography? How will this practice, that’s been around since the 1820s, look in 2023? Just keep reading! Below, we’ve identified 5 photography trends you might see in the coming year. 

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2023 is slated to be an interesting year for the photography industry. With the use of artificial intelligence on the rise and the growing trend of making photographs more immersive, it’s likely we’ll see many photographers experimenting to find a unique style suited to them. 

Photo Editing Enhanced By AI 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere and, these days, the photography industry is no exception. In recent years, AI has been integrated into many editing tools photographers use on a daily basis. For instance, Capture One recently introduced its smart adjustments feature that uses artificial intelligence to analyze images and assist with exposure adjustments and color correction. 

Adobe Photoshop has also joined the artificial intelligence bandwagon with the introduction of neural filters, powered by their very own AI and machine learning engine, Adobe Sensei. Neural filters rely on algorithms to make editing photos a breeze, allowing images to be altered and new pixels to be added without destroying the integrity of the original photograph. 

“AI is a very powerful tool, but it’s not a replacement for human creativity and artistic vision. Photography is about capturing the world through our own eyes and experiences, and that’s something that AI can’t replicate.”

Pete Souza, American Photojournalist and former Chief Official White House Photographer for Presidents of the United States Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama

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Adobe Photoshop’s Colorization Neural Filter can transform monochromatic images.Adobe

Film & Retro-Style Digital Photography 

Photography, like many creative industries, experiences a natural ebb and flow when it comes to trends. So, even though artificial intelligence image-making and editing tools are on the rise; it’s not surprising that some photographers are yearning to return to film photography or incorporate retro color palettes into their digital work.

In 2023, we predict this trend will continue to grow; as evidenced by the popularity of instant cameras among all skill levels of photographers and the recent release of the Lomography Classics Cameras (that marks the 30th anniversary of the Lomographic Society.) Other indications include the popularity of instant film cameras and disposable cameras on social media platforms, as well as, the use of digital filters that simulate film.

Printed Images

In addition to film making a comeback – or rather cementing its presence in the digital era – we’ll likely see a growing trend of people desiring printed images. After all, folks are experiencing digital fatigue and printed images present a certain level of nostalgia. So, for photographers who love printed pictures and playing around with different printing techniques; now is your time to shine. This may be especially exciting news for the photographers who shoot portraits, as clients may increase their demand for printed photos in the months to come.

Mirrorless Cameras 

While some folks are craving film and printed images, others are diving deeper into the digital realm and embracing new photo technology. This can be witnessed in the upward trend of mirrorless cameras that come with near-field connectivity (NFC) and Wi-Fi built-in, among other features. 

These days, mirrorless cameras are continuously being released so it makes sense that they are gaining popularity. After all, many mirrorless cameras are slimmer and offer more advanced features than their DSLR counterparts – and that can be seen across brands from Nikon and Sony to Fujifilm and Leica.

360-Images & Virtual Reality (VR) Photography

Along with mirrorless cameras that empower photographers to share stunning shots, and AI tools that inspire innovative imagery; VR photography is on the rise. Why you ask? Well…innovations in VR tech have made it possible for photographers (and content creators) to create immersive experiences where viewers can virtually interact with 360-degree or panoramic images.

In addition to the immersive aspects, 360-degree cameras offer a fun and innovative way to view the world. Its uses can be implemented in documentary photography, product photography, real estate photography, and nature photography; in addition to fine art applications as well. 

“Photography has always been a way to transport people to new places and experiences, but virtual reality takes this to a whole new level. With VR, we can not only see new places, but also feel like we are really there.”

– Chris Milk, American Photographer 


Resources to Improve Photography Skills

Since its discovery photography has morphed and evolved over time. And it will continue to do so in the year to come. So, for folks who want to stay on top of photography trends, consider using the resources listed below to improve your current image-making skills and hone new ones. 

  • Online photography courses: There are a plethora of individuals and institutions that offer online photography courses and tutorials. Looking for one? CreativeLiveUdemy, and Coursera may have offerings that fit your skill level and interests.

  • Photography blogs: Reading photo blogs is a simple way to keep up with the latest in photography trends, gear, tutorials, and best practices. Two popular blogs to bookmark include PetaPixel and Fstoppers