Just when you thought you had photographed all the possible themes out there, we surprise you with a giant list of unexplored themes. Some of these you may have captured a few already, but the list of themes has been growing and getting more interesting.
Here’s a long-read article about all the unexplored themes to inspire you to create and tap into high demand topics in stock photography.
Entrepreneurship is on the rise like never before as more and more people are looking to start their own business. Entrepreneurship is quite a broad term and understanding that it is also a lifestyle is important. How do we go about representing people that chose the unconventional career path? Think about all the different areas that can be covered here aside from IT business and startups.
One too many times we see an image of a man in a suit or a woman in a crowd of coworkers. Entrepreneurship is not to be mistaken with a corporate lifestyle. It is quite on the contrary. A better exploration of this theme would be to capture people working on a startup business in a more relaxed environment such as at home, in a cafe or simply at some unusual place.
2. The many sides to corporate life
There is a growing demand for illustrating the other side of business. The corporate lifestyle presumes a more orderly work atmosphere. This theme can be captured on a bigger scale, in larger spaces with more people. Consider all the fine details that can define a corporate life starting with professional attire. Additionally, this can include shops, factories and manufacturing sites because they too form parts of big corporations.
It’s important to step away from the overused imagery of meetings and men and women in suits. A better way to capture corporate life is to shine the spotlight on other events that are associated with bigger companies. This can include things like presentations, speeches, discussions at the workplace and lunch breaks.
3. Paving the road to leadership
Often times, companies need an illustration of a leader to help define their position. What does it mean to be a leader? A common portrayal is a man or a woman leading a group of people. Try to think of other ways in which you can represent excellence, leadership skills and confidence.
Leadership can be represented in a number of ways. It should portray a man or a woman that has definite charisma. They can be discussing something, delegating or showing a presentation to other people.
4. Modern workplace is constantly changing
The modern workplace is changing, which is why this theme needs to be explored more in stock photography. How is the workplace nowadays different from the ones 10 years ago? We are moving away from the standard cubicle space to more liberal and creative work spaces.
The portrayal of working men and women as well as their interaction is relevant and important. There is also a growing tendency of working from home. As a photographer, think of the ways in which you can reflect these changes in environment and chanel the transformation in your photographs.
5. Going green demands attention
A basic search can quickly tell you that there is simply not enough visuals to illustrate the concept of going green. More and more companies are looking to inform about their transformations and changes. The choice to move towards a more environmentally friendly practice is growing in popularity. This could mean a number of things including using alternative sources of energy, conserving energy, saving paper, choosing to bike or carpool to work instead of taking the car. Consider all the different aspects of this that can be captured in a series of images to reflect the changes.
Black and white photography is a style of photography that is truly timeless. You might wonder how relevant black and white photography is in the digital age. Rest assured, there is a growing demand for artistic interpretations of every photography category. You can try your hand at shooting architecture, shadows, people, nature and even animals in monochrome mode. If you’re a beginner and would like some tips on black and white photography, check out this article.
7. The other side of travels
Traveling is a chance to document city life from your unique perspective. We’re all familiar with the popular sightseeing locations. When you’re traveling, take your time to illuminate a city in a new light by taking unconventional pictures of those popular places. All that’s needed to captivate your viewers is a unique perspective at otherwise plain sights. Try different angles, different viewpoints and unusual perspectives. Take pictures while you’re on the move! Use the opportunity to deliver a unique documentation of travels.
8. Interiors design and habitats
Interior design reveals a great deal about our personal life. We customize our surroundings to fit our lifestyle in a way that makes every interior space unique. Take pictures of homes, apartments and other surroundings. Document the current interior design trends such as minimalism and other contemporary, artistic styles.
9. A range of architecture
Wherever you are located is bound to have interesting architectural structures as every city has its own architectural style. Show us where you live, what you see and how architecture has changed your city. A popular trend is the clash of the old and the new that is seen around modern cities. How is traditional architecture influencing current city layouts? Shoot images for commercial purposes to share your unique perspective on the architecture in your city.
Given that our recurring theme here is on the artistic side, show us design that surrounds you. Photograph different objects from different angles and shed light on the little details of life that go unnoticed. When we make purchases, we subconsciously make design decisions. What are some of the things that you’ve hand picked based on design?
As you are reading this, newer technologies are being developed to facilitate our busy lives. Future technologies should not be portrayed as phantom digital artworks. Instead, think of the ways in which technology is transforming our lives and how to capture the human interaction with these new technologies. A good examples are virtual reality, self driving cars, gadgets and other devices that are incorporated into our lives.
In a recent blog post, we briefly discussed the concept of the internet of things. This is one of the more exciting themes to work with because you are documenting the future and how the concept will be presented possibly for years to come.
One of the gaps in this theme is the portrayal of doctors and professionals in action. If this is a theme that interests you, consider photographing doctors in context to their professions. Show their interaction with patients, their unique environments and most importantly, choose to portray a natural scene that doesn’t look staged.
Another theme to explore is the evolving role of technology in healthcare.
13. Animals as our companions
A man’s best friend is just one example and one way to go about an animal photoshoot. Photograph your pets and other animals. Here’s another chance to change up your subjects and photograph something new. One of the things about animals is that unlike models, they won’t do as they’re told which is where the charm and authenticity comes from.
14. Food and delicious meals
It seems that food photography has taken a comfortable spot as a new genre of photography. Capturing delicious moments is a joy in its own and a great opportunity to dip into the bigger market where these kinds of images are in demand. A popular trend is flat lay design which is a great place to start when photographing food.
Cooking meals can become an artform; how you choose to photograph your food can easily elevate your meals in a similar way.
15. The changing contemporary lifestyle
Focusing on the modern lifestyle is an opportunity to capture a diverse range of activities that are all around you. We live in an incredibly fast paced, technology-driven society and there are a million ways in which you can capture these changes.
Another aspect that deserves a spotlight in the lifestyle category is diversity. Capture family, couples, kids and people of different ages mingling and interacting. There needs to be more variety and balance in this category in terms of hobbies, work and leisure time.
16. Leading a healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle is a topics that never loses popularity. Making healthy choices requires a change in daily routine and as a photographer, your job is to capture these changes.
People that are embracing a healthy lifestyle are concerned with making a positive change to benefit their well being. To approach the topic, you can take pictures of the things they eat, how they exercise and the role of technology in helping them achieve their goals.
17. Variety of sports
As a continuation of the previous topic, sports are a popular yet less developed topic in stock photography. It is important to illuminate the different sports that people pursue, keeping in mind that the style that is in demand is inclined towards natural, authentic photography.
Both indoor and outdoor sports are important to mention. Document people in action, in a more realistic, believable and candid manner.
18. Millennials and generation Z
An important question to ask yourself is what distinguishes a millennial? What makes the new generation different and how can we portray this through photography? It’s important to stay away from some common stereotypes and instead edge closer to the actions and events that best portray millennials.
Generation Z are teenagers fresh out of high school and they’re the ones that are the target audiences for many marketing campaigns. The generation is commonly defined by an adapted technology-driven lifestyle.
Documenting university life should be easy but we always stumble on unrealistic, overly happy images of college students. Not to say that university is a dreadful experience, but there are certain hardships that come with university life that can be better represented in stock photography.
Think back to your experience in university and try to capture that significant stage in a new light, one that is more accurate and relatable. Show different nationalities mingling together to better reflect the contemporary culture.
Stock photography shouldn’t be that different from your personal projects and things you’re intersted in. To keep you inspired and motivated, check out our article on all of the photography genres you can explore, as well as insnpirational quotes that go with each one.
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