5 Photography Trends for 2017

We are well into 2017 and trends for the rest of the year are starting to manifest in unique ways. We have seen trends appear and disappear on Instagram, the same is true with photography.

Color is back

With the rise in Instagram’s popularity over the years, it’s easy to see how filters have become equally popular. Filters that have a vintage look and feel leave a lot to be desired in the realm of color and depth.  Customers are searching for the term color surge specifically looking for images high in color and dynamic range. With this rise in interest in color schemes, color is no longer a component of a picture; it becomes the star.

No Filter

Speaking of Instagram’s readymade filters, Another trend we are likely to see in 2017 is the No Filter trend.  Brands are now taking aspects of photojournalism to utilize in their marketing to relate to a younger audience. The goal of these images is to portray products or a lifestyle in such a way that the audience connects with the brand. This transparent approach to visual marketing allows consumers to connect with brands that best reflect their lifestyle and ideals.

Film is making a comeback

As someone who owns 12 film cameras, I am excited about this trend. Earlier this year, Kodak announced that they would bring a favorite slide film that consumers loved, Ektachrome. The creative process that comes with using film forces the user to understand the fundamentals of their shot from all aspects. When you shoot with film, you don’t have the instant gratification of reviewing your shot and making adjustments.


While new technologies are becoming more and more readily available, it’s easy to see how users will adapt this technology to create new visual trends. A popular trend quickly on the rise are fully immersive photos with 360-degree capabilities. Stitching panoramas together, users can now use their headsets to view these images as if they were right in the environment with the shooter. This trend allows the shooter creative freedom to utilize everything around them, instead of only what the camera lens could see.

There’s still room for new photographers

With visual content consumption always on the rise, there is a need for new photographers. Photography equipment is becoming more and more user-friendly which allows consumers an opportunity to capture the moments in their life that are important to them. With travel also becoming more affordable, photographers can venture out and see more of the world while focusing on their photography skills. If you haven’t already done so, check out our technical guide on shooting resort photos.

5 Hospitality Photography Tips

Photography can make or break a customer’s decision to purchase anything from your business. The same holds true to those in the business of hospitality. So what can you do in order to take the best possible photos for your marketing campaigns? Here are 5 tips to take outstanding photos of your lodge:

1) Stage Your Property

To make your property looks its best, people often times, will have their property professionally staged. If this is something that you can not have done, here are some guidelines as to what to do to make your property as photogenic as possible:

  • Blinds should me lowered all the way to the bottom of the window with slats at a 45-degree angle upwards. This will brighten the ceiling which then will reflect the light down into the room giving the room nice even lighting.
  • Turn on all lights and gas fireplaces.
  • Turn lampshade seam away from the camera.
  • Watch for your reflection in windows, TVs, mirrors and other reflective surfaces.
  • Shower curtains should be partially open to show off tile work and fixtures.
  • Make sure bedding, chairs, pillows, and other furniture are arranged neatly.
  • Remove anything from your photo that can detract from capturing aesthetically pleasing photos. This includes: cleaning products, trashcans, bath mats, remote controls, clothing, etc.

2) HDR Imaging

High Dynamic Range photos are one of the best ways to showcase your property. HDR allows you to expose all aspects of your shot. While you are able to take a well enough single shot of your lodge, bracketing your shots for HDR will open new opportunities to showcase specific features that otherwise might be difficult to capture. For instance, let’s say you have a room with a spectacular view that you want to show from inside the room. Digital cameras can’t expose for bright outside light while correctly exposing for interior light. We overcome this challenge by taking several different exposures of the same shot and combining them into one HDR image. The end result will show the beautiful outside view from the room while still correctly exposing the rest of the room.

3) Camera Settings

Assuming that you are shooting with a DSLR, here are some basic camera settings that will help you capture stunning photos:

  • Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Bracketing set at 5 exposures
  • Aperture at F8 or higher
  • ISO: 800 or lower
  • White Balance set to Auto

Using these settings will help you ensure that everything is in focus and you images have little to no noise visible.

4) Rule of Thirds

While knowing the right camera settings will greatly improve your photos, composition is ultimately what will make your shots more appealing to your audience. The rule of thirds helps us determining how to set up your shots. Imagine that your image has 2 verticle lines and 2 horizontal lines that cut your image into 9 pieces. These are your thirds. When taking shots of landscapes, determine what is more interesting, the sky or the land. Let’s say that your sky is more interesting in this shot, you will want to place the horizon on the bottom of those two lines to compose your shot for your landscape. From there, take your main subject (Trees, people, lodge, etc.) and place it on the left or right vertical line. As a guideline, if your subject is facing left, place your subject on the right line or the opposite if your subject is facing right.

5) Golden hour is the best time for photos

Photographers know that sunrise and sunset are the best times to take photos, but let’s take a look at why. When the sun is low in the horizon, it casts very soft light that adds dimension to your shot. The low sun causes objects in your photo to cast long shadows which help the subjects to “pop” out of your photos. This technique helps photographers separate their subject from what would otherwise be a busy and distracting background. The soft light also helps when you are photographing people. With the sun at a low angle, your subjects can be well front lit without causing them to squint or look away from the light.