Know : 10 Popular Photography Genres

Sports photography

Sports photography refers to the genre of photography that covers all types of sports. The main application of professional sports photography is for editorial purposes; dedicated sports photographers usually work for newspapers, major wire agencies or dedicated sports magazines. However, sports photography is also used for advertising purposes both to build a brand and as well as to promote a sport in a way that cannot be accomplished by editorial means.


Street photography

Street photography is an art photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. The origin of the term ‘Street’ refers to a time rather than a place, a time when women achieved greater freedom, when workers were rewarded with leisure time and when society left the privacy of their sitting rooms, people engaged with each other and their surroundings more publicly and therein the opportunity for the photographer.

Naveen's p h o t o g r a p h y
Naveen’s p h o t o g r a p h y

Bokeh Photography

Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.


Light painting

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. 

Jeswin Rebello : Light Painting


Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.

Naveen's p h o t o g r a p h y
Naveen’s p h o t o g r a p h y

Floral photography

It is a simple and colorful type of photography. The name itself reads, it’s about the photos of different flowers.  Although it may not seem all that difficult but it’s a genre of macro-photography and sometimes it’s a tedious task to find the best colorful blooming flowers with a complementing natural light, for which one has to wait for a particular time of the day. Most of the amateur photographers prefer to go for floral photography, most of these photos are used for medicinal and botanical studies. It is the most highlighted sub branches of nature photography.

Din Clicks

Wild life photography

Wildlife photography is the act of taking photographs of wildlife. Wildlife photography is regarded as one of the more challenging forms of photography. As well as needing sound technical skills, such as being able to expose correctly, wildlife photographers generally need good field craft skills. For example, some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal’s behavior is needed in order to be able to predict their actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the use of a hide/blind for concealment. While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment, successful photography of some types of wildlife requires specialist equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for birds and underwater cameras for marine life. However, a great wildlife photograph can also be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

Naveen's p h o t o g r a p h y
Naveen’s p h o t o g r a p h y

Candid photographs

A candid photograph is a photograph that is captured without creating a posed appearance. This is achieved by avoiding prior preparation of the subject and by either surprising the subject or by not distracting the subject during the process of taking photos. Thus, the candid character of a photo is regardless of the subject’s knowledge or consent as to the fact that photos are being taken, and regardless of the subject’s permission for subsequent usage such as distribution, but related to the apparent absence of posing. It is distinguished from making secret photography by the photographer usually remaining discernible to the public and not wearing cover.

Naveen's p h o t o g r a p h y
Naveen’s p h o t o g r a p h y

Food Photography

Food photography is a still life specialization of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for use in advertisements, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist and their assistants.

Photograph by Samantha Lee

Studio Photography

How many times you have gone to the studio to take a passport photograph in the studio? It is the basic indoor photography, where in indoor fashion, food and product genres are also seen. Studio photography includes even wedding and portrait photographs as well. Here group of professionals combines and build a studio which is completely meant for economical gain. Many big studios are meant for fashion purpose. When it comes to indoor food and product it is useful for advertising purpose.



Image Courtesy & Sources :  Naveen’s p h o t o g r a p h yJeswin Rebello Photography, Din Clicks and Lee Samantha’s Photography

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