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Top 100 Photography Tech Trends in 2013

From Romantic Skeletal X-Rays to Faceless Photo Shoots

— January 3, 2014 — Tech
The imagination stretched as far as technology would let it with photography tech trends in 2013, as abstract surrealism and self-reflection reigned supreme. From faceless photo shoots to nerve-wracking self portraits shot seemingly off of the side of skyscrapers, images seen this past year seemed too far-out to be true. In many cases, they were, as post-production software and sometimes, simple apps made the impossible possible in photography.

On the note of apps, phone photography made huge leaps this year. As Instagram grew more popular, so to did the photographic integrity of phonetography as a whole. Thanks to certain effects and phone add-ons, one can take snaps with a phone that look as attractive as a series taken on a professional camera.

Take a look behind the lens of technological advancements in photography with our Tech Photography Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Traveling Feet Photography
Traveling Feet Photography
Tom Robinson Cleverly Captures His Travels with His Toes
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98
Meaningful Facial Photo Manipulations
Meaningful Facial Photo Manipulations
Metra and Jeanson’s Art is a Commentary on Altered Pho
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97
Nerve Wracking Self-Portraits
Nerve Wracking Self-Portraits
Daredevil Photographer Ahn Jun Gives Viewers an Uneasy Feeling
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96
Long Exposure Landscape Photography
Long Exposure Landscape Photography
These Photographs by Samuel Burns Take Hours to Capture
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95
Gangster Damsel Photos
Gangster Damsel Photos
13th Witness Unveiled a Classified Portrait to Sell on Shirts
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94
Anti-Airbrush Guerrilla Marketing
Anti-Airbrush Guerrilla Marketing
The New Part of Dove's Real Beauty Campaign Reverts Photoshoppin
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93
Disturbing Doll-Like Portraits
Disturbing Doll-Like Portraits
Rodrigo Traina Compares Plastic to Flesh in 'Models or Dolls'
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92
Real 16-Bit Photography
Real 16-Bit Photography
These Images Melding 16-Bit Sprites Over Real Backgrounds are Amazing
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91
Snow-Speckled Scene Photography
Snow-Speckled Scene Photography
Petros Koublis's Landscape Photography Series is Frosty
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90
Animated Celebrity Makeovers
Animated Celebrity Makeovers
Celebrities Get Run Through the iMadeFace App for a Cartoon Makeover
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89
Floating Damsel Photography
Floating Damsel Photography
Zero Gravity by Nikolay Tikhomirov Captures Women Defying Gravity
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88
Surreally Colorful Photo Collages
Surreally Colorful Photo Collages
Eugenia Loli’s Photographic Creations are Mystical Mashups
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87
Wookiee-Inspired Captures
Wookiee-Inspired Captures
Mako Miyamoto Photographs Wookiees Living It Up
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86
Ethereal Forest Photography
Ethereal Forest Photography
The Debut Issue of 'So It Goes' Stars Actress Felicity Jones
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85
Whimsical Tea Party Captures
Whimsical Tea Party Captures
This Cade Martin Work is for the Starbucks Tazo Tea Brand Campaign
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84
Iced Queen Photography
Iced Queen Photography
The 'Tereza' Editorial for Harper's Bazaar is Strikingly Soft and Cold
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83
Sensually Soaked Neon Editorials
Sensually Soaked Neon Editorials
The 'Jelly' Editorial for Kneon is Strikingly Grungy and Sultry
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82
Darkly Sensual Diva Editorials
Darkly Sensual Diva Editorials
Linda Evangelista Channels 60s Film Star Glamour for Vogue Germany
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81
Eccentric Child Portraits
Eccentric Child Portraits
Geoff Ridenour's 'Youthful Expressions' Displays Seriously Kooky Kids
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80
Mesopotamian Ink Portraits
Mesopotamian Ink Portraits
Murat Yazar Captures Fading Turkish Traditional Tattoo Designs
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79
Fat-Conscious Food Photography
Fat-Conscious Food Photography
WiseGEEK Demonstrates What 200 Calories Look Like on Your Plate
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78
Stained Reflection Scenery
Stained Reflection Scenery
Fabienne Rivory Incorporates Watercolor into Her Mirrored Photography
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77
Eerie Fairy Editorials
Eerie Fairy Editorials
The Luca Meneghel 'Ophelie' Shoot Brings New Depth to Fashion Photography
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76
21st Century Pin-Up Captures
21st Century Pin-Up Captures
The 'Newfangled Pin-Up' Series Features Ladies Who Love Their Phones
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75
Abandoned Shelter Scenery
Abandoned Shelter Scenery
Nicolas Poillot Photography Focusses on Isolated Architecture
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74
Animal Camouflaging Photography
Animal Camouflaging Photography
Art Wolfe Creates a Wildlife Version of 'Where is Waldo?'
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73
Wanderering Surrealist Photography
Wanderering Surrealist Photography
Julie De Waroquier Creates Dreamy Captures
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72
Melancholic Unfiltered Teenager Photography
Melancholic Unfiltered Teenager Photography
Ben Pier Captures Real Youth in 'Teenage Teeth'
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71
Adorable Daddy Daughter Selfies
Adorable Daddy Daughter Selfies
This Redditor Took a Bunch of Funny Family Portraits with his Baby
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70
Vibrant Body Paint Photography
Vibrant Body Paint Photography
Allison Chase's Bodypaint Work is Equally Horrific and Beautiful
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69
Hazy Dream-Like Photography
Hazy Dream-Like Photography
Lara Zankoul Manipulates her Photos into Hazy Dream Settings
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68
Reversed Feline Portraits
Reversed Feline Portraits
Strays by Arne Svenson Showcases Backwards Cat Photography
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67
Dapper Dog Photoshoots
Dapper Dog Photoshoots
These Dog Photos Capture Man's Best Friends at Their Most Handsome
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66
Fiery Vintage-Inspired Editorials
Fiery Vintage-Inspired Editorials
Julia Field Brings 50s-Esque Fierceness to Tush Magazine
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65
Post-Apocalyptic Photography
Post-Apocalyptic Photography
Chris Luckhardt Captures Eerie Photos of Urban Exploration
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64
Masked Creature Editorials
Masked Creature Editorials
Ben Toms Created This Creepy Cover for 'Dazed & Confused' Magazine
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63
Extreme Snowflake Closeups
Extreme Snowflake Closeups
These Close Up Snowflakes Were Captured Using a Homemade Device
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62
Hybrid Smartphone Camera Concepts
Hybrid Smartphone Camera Concepts
The Rishi Soman iLens Concept Design Promises Sleek Photography
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61
Candid Sci-Fi Character Captures
Candid Sci-Fi Character Captures
Leah Minium's Stormtrooper Photos Captures in Everyday Situations
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60
Sarcastic Photographer Comeback Posters
Sarcastic Photographer Comeback Posters
This Snappy Poster Collection is Blatantly Witty
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59
Bemusingly Balanced Object Photos
Bemusingly Balanced Object Photos
Thomas Albdorf Stacks Items in His Amusing 'Actualities' Series
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58
Merging Surrealist Photography
Merging Surrealist Photography
Photographer Thomas Barbéy Creates a World All of His Own
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57
Ethereal Fairylike Photography
Ethereal Fairylike Photography
The 'Summer Romance' Vogue Thailand Editorial is Soft and Dreamy
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56
Romantic Skeletal X-rays
Romantic Skeletal X-rays
These X-ray Portraits of Couples Show a Deep Level of Intimacy
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55
Printer People Dolls
Printer People Dolls
The ‘3D-Printed Life-Like Photo Figurines’ are Shockingly Realist
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54
Flashy Smartphone Accessories
Flashy Smartphone Accessories
The iblazr Makes It Easier to Shoot Mobile Photos in the Dark
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53
Gothic Reflection Photography
Gothic Reflection Photography
Olga Kotovska Creates Eerie Emotional Shots In 'Reflected'
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52
Fairy Tale Infant Photography
Fairy Tale Infant Photography
Wendi Riggens Photographs Babies in Precious Fable-Like Scenarios
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51
Real-Life Vintage Cartoon Counterparts
Real-Life Vintage Cartoon Counterparts
Old Disney Cartoons are Shown with Their Real-life Counters
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50
New York Phobia Photos
New York Phobia Photos
This Photography Invokes Fear in the Faint of Heart
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49
Raw Cultural Close-Ups
Raw Cultural Close-Ups
The Real Photography by Manuel Araya Reflects His Origins
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48
Glittering Dreamlike Photography
Glittering Dreamlike Photography
The 'Glitter Glam' Editorial for C-Heads Magazine Sparkles
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47
Simplistically Charming Snapshots
Simplistically Charming Snapshots
Douglas Lyle Thompson Captures Darling Scenes of Life and Love
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46
Renaissance Recreation Captures
Renaissance Recreation Captures
Mark Abouzeid Contrasts Classic Portraits with Modern Photos
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45
Surreal Reality-Bending Photographs
Surreal Reality-Bending Photographs
These Surreal Photographs Put an Imaginative Twist on Emotions
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44
Dinosaur Massacre Wedding Photography
Dinosaur Massacre Wedding Photography
Quinn Miller Adds a Little Jurassic Park Flair to his Photos
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43
Surreal Female-Focused Shots
Surreal Female-Focused Shots
These Fantasy Pictures Feature Women Doing Peculiar Things
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42
Dramatic Dessert Photography
Dramatic Dessert Photography
This Ice Cream Photography by Diaz Wichmann is Shockingly Luxe
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41
Temper Tantrum Kid Captures
Temper Tantrum Kid Captures
Photographer Jill Greenberg's Series Involves Taking Candy from a Baby
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40
Reality-Bending Object Designs
Reality-Bending Object Designs
These Surreal Designs by Colarusso Giuseppe are Unnaturally Natural
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39
Creepy Then-and-Now Collages
Creepy Then-and-Now Collages
Detroit Urbex Blends Vintage Captures with Present Day Shots
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38
Bizarre Faceless Shirt Photography
Bizarre Faceless Shirt Photography
The Flora Borsi 'lookbook' Reveals an Odd Fight with a Shirt
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37
Closeup Primate Photography
Closeup Primate Photography
The Monkey Face Picture Series Enhances the Human-Animal Connection
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36
Bizarrely Childlike Adult Photography
Bizarrely Childlike Adult Photography
Cristian Girotto's L'Enfat Exterieur Turns Adults into Kids
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35
Ethereal Gypsy-Inspired Photography
Ethereal Gypsy-Inspired Photography
The 'Pagan Poetry' Editorial for Dossier Online is Majestic
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34
Surreal Nuptial Captures
Surreal Nuptial Captures
Sergey Ivanov Turns Couples into Art with Creative Wedding Photos
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33
Avian Canine Creatures
Avian Canine Creatures
These Animal Hybrids Mix the Cuteness of a Dog with the Size of a Bird
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32
Expressive Tattoo Editorials
Expressive Tattoo Editorials
The Editorial 'Expressionism' Reveals AmazingTattoo Art
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31
Daydreaming Damsel Photography
Daydreaming Damsel Photography
Chiara Fersini Creates Imaginative Digitally Manipulated Images
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30
Darkly Deceptive Photography
Darkly Deceptive Photography
The New Chema Madoz Photography Turns Reality on its Head
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29
Surreal Monochromatic Photography
Surreal Monochromatic Photography
These Lovely Surreal Photos are Done in Black and White
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28
Believable Surrealist Photos
Believable Surrealist Photos
Robby Cavanaugh Creates Surrealism Scenes with Realistic Elements
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27
Blurred Ballet Photography
Blurred Ballet Photography
This Series by Jesus Chapa-Malacara Highlights Dancer Movement
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26
Stealthy Snapshot Cameras
Stealthy Snapshot Cameras
The Slyphone Camera Periscope Lets You Take Photos Without Looking Up
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25
Powerful Melancholic Self-Portraits
Powerful Melancholic Self-Portraits
Noell S. Oszvald Photos Induce a Strong Emotional Reaction
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24
Stripped Down Supermodel Candids
Stripped Down Supermodel Candids
Terry Richardson Takes Photos of Alessandra Ambrosio Undressed
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23
Action-Packed Nuptial Photos
Action-Packed Nuptial Photos
Serge Spices Up Special Commitments with Unique Wedding Photos
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22
Surrealist Fantasy Photography
Surrealist Fantasy Photography
Photographer Joel Robinson Creates a Self Made Fairy Tale Reality
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21
Minimal Monochromatic Installations
Minimal Monochromatic Installations
Fabian Bürgy Livens Rooms with Multiple Medium Art
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20
Brooding Forest Photography
Brooding Forest Photography
Vogue Korea's 'Forest of Flounce' Spread Combines Nature and the City
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19
Food Mash-Up Photography
Food Mash-Up Photography
These Neat Food Photos Combine Snacks in an Unusual Way
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18
Bogus Romance Photography
Bogus Romance Photography
Keisuke Jinushi Transforms His Hand into a Fake Girlfriend Prop
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17
Animal Hybrid Photography
Animal Hybrid Photography
Arne Olav's Chimeras are Fantastical Mash-Ups of Two Ordinary Pets
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16
Abandoned Animal Photography
Abandoned Animal Photography
Kai Fagerstrom Photographs Abandoned Animals in Decrepit Houses
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15
Miniature Car Captures
Miniature Car Captures
This Series Features Toy Cars Photographed Off the Beaten Path
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14
Surreal Gravity-Defying Images
Surreal Gravity-Defying Images
These Stunning Pictures by Hossein Zare Bend the Rules of Gravity
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13
Bearded Character Portraits
Bearded Character Portraits
Photographer Brock Elbank Demonstrates that Any Trait Can be Beautiful
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12
Unusable Everyday Item Photography
Unusable Everyday Item Photography
These Shots Make Everyday Objects Useless by Changing Designs
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11
Intimate Celebrity Portraits
Intimate Celebrity Portraits
These Photographs by Andy Gotts Feature Well-Know Actors
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10
Cinematic Miniature Video Cams
Cinematic Miniature Video Cams
The Novo Camera Improves Upon the GoPro Hero3 Capapbilties
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9
Reality-Defying Photography
Reality-Defying Photography
Erik Johansson Returns with More Mind-Bending Photos
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8
Strikingly Surreal Landscapes
Strikingly Surreal Landscapes
These Photos Contain Mysterious Figures and Unusual Surroundings
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7
Whimsical Fairy Tale Photography
Whimsical Fairy Tale Photography
These Photos by Katerina Plotnikova Reference Iconic Folklore
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6
DIY Social Photo Booths
DIY Social Photo Booths
This DIY Photo Booth is an Instagram-Inspired Photo Delight
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5
Stunning Surreal World Art
Stunning Surreal World Art
These Surreal Captures Blend Real World Beauty with Elements of Fantasy
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4
Surreal Skyline Photography
Surreal Skyline Photography
Joel Robinson’s Latest Surreal Photographs Create a Dream-Like W
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3
Surreal Dream-Like Photography
Surreal Dream-Like Photography
Taylor Marie McCormick Showcases Beautifully Surreal Photos
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2
Pantyhose Pooch Portraits
Pantyhose Pooch Portraits
Stockings on Pets Make for Some Seriously Funny Dog Pictures
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1
Hot Heroine Photo Shoots
Hot Heroine Photo Shoots
Ian Reyes Captures Lusty Models Dressed as Female Superheroes
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