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September 3, 2013 @ 3:00 p.m. in The Creative Lab by Whitney Tempton | Berger Bros View Comments
The world of photography is ever-changing and with new advancements in camera, lens, and editing technologies, the industry grows by leaps and bounds each year. The latest trends in gear and photographic techniques allow us a glimpse into the future of the industry. In today’s article we are excited to discuss what styles, editing tools and game-changing equipment will be the most popular for the coming months.
May 14, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Karen D'Silva | Karen DSilva Creative Services View Comments
When we talk about what’s trending, most people think the conversation is going to be about new fashions strutting down the runway. Though knowing Pantone has deemed emerald green the new black for 2013 can be valuable, keeping an eye on trends is also about understanding the things that shape our society into what it is today. Trend following is an integral part of understanding our world, and it provides useful insights that can be worked into any advertiser’s marketing strategy. When trends in media and advertising are taken into account, you can increase the relevance of your images to your clients.
November 15, 2012 @ 11 a.m. in The Creative Lab by Andrew Fingerman | PhotoShelter View Comments
Back in September, the PhotoShelter team and I ran our first PhotoShelter-produced event called Luminance. While most photo conferences focus on gear and technique, we decided to change things up. Today, digital cameras have become ubiquitous, camera phones capture more photos than stand-alone cameras, and social networks have become the largest and fastest growing repositories of photos on the Internet. The impact of photography has become more significant than ever before. Photos are social currency. They provide a way to remember, relive, and communicate.
This year, Luminance hosted 25+ speakers who gave TED-style talks over the course of two days in New York City. The first video I thought I’d share with readers of Agency Access’ The Lab features Hipstamatic’s Co-Founder and CEO Lucas Allen Buick.
November 7, 2012 @ 9 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Louisa Curtis | Chatterbox Enterprises View Comments
I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, “Change is good as long as I don’t have to do anything different!” But the only thing that is consistent in this life is change. So how does that apply to this question about trends, and whether or not to change your current marketing plan?
November 6, 2012 @ 10 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Christine Andrews | Agency Access View Comments
Since I work in digital marketing – email, social media, blogging – I take special notice of changes in the social media realm. One whirlwind trend I’ve followed for the last few years is social photography. Professional photographers already struggling to market work through print and email are debating whether or not to jump on the social media bandwagon and share photos on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.
Until recently, I felt the main debate over social photography was the possibility of image theft. But there are more sides to this story - from concerns over artistic quality to praise for its convenience.
October 11, 2012 @ 10 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Andrea Maurio | Agency Access View Comments
When I was a photo editor, time was sometimes limited, decisions often needed to be made and meetings with photographers were not always possible.
Septemeber 11, 2012 @ 10 a.m. in The Business Lab by Michael Thibeault | Art Rep NYC View Comments
Illustration is not going anywhere, but trends do shift and you must be educated and prepared to “shake things up” so you shift along with them and your work doesn’t look dated.
The best way to ease your concerns about the future of illustration is to keep current on styles, trends, mediums and technology. A bookstore is an excellent source for seeing how illustration is being used – there are books, magazines, music packaging, calendars and an entire children's section with endless illustrations. Of course, one very common trend now is incorporating illustration work into web projects, so if you’re interested in web design and have the time and resources to learn it, go for it.
As a creative professional, it is important to have your finger on the pulse of what’s going on with trends in your industry.
Undoubtedly, these trends will influence and inspire your photographic style and brand identity. But before changing your look to meet these trends, keep these two points in mind:
If your point of view is not trendy, have no fear! There is so much you can do with a more traditional approach.
Regardless of what I’m shooting, I personally do everything I can to keep trendy elements out of my images. My goal when I shoot is to create timeless images that viewers can look at years later and still relate to. When looking at older images by photographers such as Herb Ritts or Peter Lindbergh, it’s very hard to tell when the images were taken. Their images are classic and not trendy in any way, so they’re just as stunning and appreciated today as they were when they were photographed. I strive for the same timeless quality in my images.
Just asking this question puts you ahead of the game. Staying on top of trends and technologies means making trend-watching activities a priority. By paying attention and strategically applying what you learn to your business, you’ll ride the wave of new trends and technologies without going under.
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