There are many different types of photography which makes it hard to ever get bored. You can always switch it up and dabble into a new world of photography. There’s a never ending list of different types of photography such as wildlife, landscape, sports, event, long exposure, pet, aerial, baby, medical, etc. My favorite types of photography to practice are travel, fashion, concert and food because they’re all so different in the way that they challenge you.
To give you some history, I started taking photos back in high school by taking a photo journalism course which prompted me to start taking lots of portrait photos of my friends. Throughout my final years of high school, I was the girl everyone could count on to bring their camera to any event or hangout. Since this was back in 2012, social media platforms like Instagram had barely taken off the ground so all the photos we took were genuine and truly captured our years as adolescence having fun together. I was notorious for doing crazy color edits that everyone seemed to love, but looking back now I would never ever edit any of my photos like that now.
During my first 2 years of university, I barely picked up my camera so it wasn’t until my junior year that I began taking photos again but my focus had shifted from portraits to fashion. At my core, I love clothing and styling so fashion photography was the perfect fit. I love pulling various pieces together to create a look that enhances the story telling so it was a no brainer. I was sick of seeing the same type of basic photos and knew I could create images that are different than what is already out there. I spent the rest of my undergraduate refining my style and creating photos that I wanted to see.
Shooting fashion is so fun because the options are endless when it comes to the styling, makeup, location, props, and post production. It’s always a challenge to push the boundaries and get a new perspective which ultimately makes you a stronger photographer. The biggest negative that I’ve experienced when it comes to fashion photography is dealing with flaky people who cancel last minute which is annoying when you’ve put so much effort into planning an elaborate photo shoot.
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The next type of photography I started shooting was travel because obviously I started traveling more. I was lucky enough to visit Greece for the first time and Italy twice during my undergrad and then after graduating I visited Iceland, Copenhagen, Sweden and Barcelona. In addition, I visited several states and absolutely fell in love with capturing the beauty of locations. Travel photography is so calming for me because I don’t need anyone else involved except for my camera and I. My favorite thing about shooting travel is that everything is already set up for you so all you have to do is decide how you want to frame and capture the moment. It can be discouraging shooting touristy cities that everyone shoots but the beauty of it is that everyone sees things differently and using different lenses can give you a whole perspective that others haven’t seen before.
See my travel portfolio here!
The most recent type of photography I’ve started shooting quite frequently is concerts and it’s always a fun challenge because you truly never know what you’re going to get. Every venue is different which can greatly impact the kind of images you get. Sometimes you get to shoot from the pit and other times you have to shoot from the crowd. There’s always a first three songs limit which gives you about 10-15 minutes to get as many good shots as you can, so it’s always riveting because there’s no time to review, you just gotta shoot. Some other challenges are that every artist has a different lighting set up so you might have a lot of light to work with or it’s basically pitch black with tiny slivers of light illuminating the stage. Another factor is that some artists use the whole stage which means a lot of movement which can make it hard to get in focus shots in low light. The biggest perk for shooting concerts is getting to go to shows for free.
See my concert portfolio here!
The last type of photography I practice the least is food photography. I enjoy taking photos of food because it doesn’t take too much of an effort because a majority of the time dishes are plated in an aesthetically pleasing way. Most dishes are basically screaming for you to take a picture of them. The only thing you may have to do is add a few details to complete the composition or move some things around on the table. Depending on what you order, food can be vibrant and bright so no matter what you’re almost guaranteed to get a good shot. Being into food photography makes a great excuse to order crazy things from restaurant menus.
See my food portfolio here!
Which type of photography do you enjoy? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!