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Top 100 Photography Trends of 2012

From Blackout Storm Photography to Smartphone Polaroid Apps

— December 26, 2012 — Tech
This year, Instagram became available for Android users and thus, blew up in a way no one expected, affecting pop culture and photography trends alike. The attitude of the average consumer towards photography as an industry has changed forever -- both the art form and the industry seem far more accessible than they once.

This has allowed virtually anyone with the right app and a cool camera to create content with artistic value. To make this easier for everyone, some companies have even developed attachments, like the smartphone Polaroid add-ons, complete camera iPhone additions and phone photography handles, ensuring you don't have to buy an expensive, fancy camera to feel like a hardcore artiste.

If the world of tech and photography is one that interests you, browse our microtrends for inspiration; if you're looking for something more in-depth, perhaps our Photography Trend Report will give you the insight you need.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Crystal-Clear Colorless Cameras
Crystal-Clear Colorless Cameras
The Leica M Monochrom Shoots Only Black and White Images
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99
High-Speed Java Photography
High-Speed Java Photography
Jack Long's Coffee Drops Series Will Awaken Your Senses
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98
Year-Round Self-Portraits
Year-Round Self-Portraits
The 365 Project by Glenda Ortiz Documents Her Life Every Day
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97
Sneaky Camouflaging Captures
Sneaky Camouflaging Captures
The Jean-Paul Bourdier 'Bodyscapes' Collection Melds Land and Body
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96
iPhone-Inspired Android Apps
iPhone-Inspired Android Apps
Google Play Releases the Instagram Application for Non-Apple Devices
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95
Monochromatic Poolside Editorials
Monochromatic Poolside Editorials
The Form Photo Series Features Boss Model Reynier Shields
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94
Meditative Desert Photoshoots
Meditative Desert Photoshoots
The Akomplice Summer 2012 Lookbook is Nomadic and Stunning
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93
Ethereal Intergalactic Images
Ethereal Intergalactic Images
The Chaos Theory by Thom Kerr Editorial is Out of This World
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92
Practically Professional Cameras
Practically Professional Cameras
The New Canon Powershot G1 X Has Arrived at CES 2012
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91
Rotating Photo Art Portraits
Rotating Photo Art Portraits
The Moving Pictures by Michael Jantzen are Constantly Revolving
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90
Picture-Editing App Charts
Picture-Editing App Charts
The Instagram Nation Infographic Details the Success of the Program
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89
Fleeing Fearful Photographs
Fleeing Fearful Photographs
The 'Running' Photography Series Captures Moments of Panic
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88
Cleverly Disguised Camera Dolls
Cleverly Disguised Camera Dolls
The Barbie Photo Fashion Toy Takes Stylish Pictures
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87
Snapping Camera Stands
Snapping Camera Stands
Modahaus Steady Stand Makes Overhead Pictures a Snap
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86
Time-Lapse Space Photographs
Time-Lapse Space Photographs
The ‘Star Trail’ Captures by Astronaut Don Pettit
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85
Retro Camera Phone Covers
Retro Camera Phone Covers
The Gizmon iCA iPhone Case Turns Your Smartphone Into a Leica
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84
Photographer Two-Wheelers
Photographer Two-Wheelers
The T-Bike Tripod Bike Integrates a Built-in Camera Mount
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83
Swiveling Camera Concepts
Swiveling Camera Concepts
The Apple Quicktake is an Intelligent and Intuitive Device
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82
Miniature Liquid Planets
Miniature Liquid Planets
A Breathtaking Photo Series of Water Droplets by Markus Reugels
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81
Depressing Scenario Photography
Depressing Scenario Photography
The 354 Photographers Box Project Replicates Disturbing Imagery
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80
Sublime Sunset Photography
Sublime Sunset Photography
Jonathan Sinclair Captures the Transcendental Aesthetics of Nature
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79
Social Media Cameras (UPDATE)
Social Media Cameras (UPDATE)
The Socialmatic Camera Now Comes in a Hot Black Design
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78
Object-Holding Puppy Pictures
Object-Holding Puppy Pictures
The Things Maddie Won't Eat Photos Feature a Dog Holding Items
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77
Cross-Eyed Animal Ads
Cross-Eyed Animal Ads
The Panasonic Lumix Campaign Shows the Camera's Zoom Capabilities
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76
Polychromatic Exploding Firework Captures
Polychromatic Exploding Firework Captures
The Long Exposures by Davey J Photography are Beautiful
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75
Crowdsourced Model Casting
Crowdsourced Model Casting
'I am Levi's' Instagram Campaign Searches for Next Star
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74
Rebelling Webcam Photoshoots
Rebelling Webcam Photoshoots
The Jonathan Wolpert 'Les Voyeurs' For Fashion Bless Editorial is Raw
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73
Hipster Photo Addict Charts
Hipster Photo Addict Charts
The Instagram Junkie Infographic is Satirically Witty
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72
Slow-Motion City Snapshots
Slow-Motion City Snapshots
Yiu Yu Hoi Takes Photographs That are Seriously Stunning
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71
Photo-Sharing Service Graphs
Photo-Sharing Service Graphs
The Instagram Infographic Charts the Success of the iPhone App
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70
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
The Impossible Instant Lab Turns iPhone Images into Real Photos
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69
Frying Pan Photography
Frying Pan Photography
'Dirty-Dish Art' Features Scratched Pans That Look Like Planets
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68
Burrito Camera Disguises
Burrito Camera Disguises
Photorito Lens Wrap Protects and Conceals Expensive Photography Tools
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67
Dew-Covered Insect Photography
Dew-Covered Insect Photography
The David Chambon Water-Covered Bug Images are Magical
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66
Transparent Time Keepers
Transparent Time Keepers
The 'Chameleon Clock' for iPhone or iPad Blends In
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65
Architecture-Accented Fashion
Architecture-Accented Fashion
Matthew Priestley Shoots Paige Honeycutt's Summer Debut
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64
Blackout Storm Photography
Blackout Storm Photography
Iwan Baan Captures New York After the Storm in This Stiking Series
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63
Facial Disguising Portraits
Facial Disguising Portraits
The Delaney Allen Photo Series Omits Focus on the Subject's Face
<
62
Satellite Storm Snapshots
Satellite Storm Snapshots
NASA Helps to Capture Monstrous Hurricane Sandy Pictures
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61
Traveling Polaroid Lookbooks
Traveling Polaroid Lookbooks
The Accessorize Spring/Summer 2012 Photos Merge Film with Roadtrips
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60
Smartphone Photography Totes
Smartphone Photography Totes
The iPhone Lens Wallet Can House Four Lenses and a Tripod
<
59
Rainy Day Paintings
Rainy Day Paintings
Karin Kneffel Illustrates Rainy Windows with Life-Like Precision
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58
Color Explosion Photography
Color Explosion Photography
Ian Sailer Uses a Pellet Rifle and a High-Speed Camera to Make Art
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57
High-Tech Futuristic Photography
High-Tech Futuristic Photography
The Andric Digitalized Captures are Incredible
<
56
High-Res Insect Captures
High-Res Insect Captures
Dusan Beno Shoots Small Creatures Close-Up
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55
Monstrous Storm Photography
Monstrous Storm Photography
'The Big Cloud: The Lovely Monster' Photo Series is Breathtaking
<
54
Emotive Female Photography
Emotive Female Photography
The 'Portrait of Women' Leis Photoshoots are Deep and Expressive
<
53
Incredible Daybreak Photography
Incredible Daybreak Photography
The National Geographic Team Captures the Stunning Norway Aurora
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52
Olympic Robo Cams
Olympic Robo Cams
The Associated Press’ Robotic Olympic Cameras Capture Everything
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51
Pantone-Inspired Food Photos
Pantone-Inspired Food Photos
Emilie Guelpa's Choose Your Color Series is Delicious
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50
Skull-Faced Photography
Skull-Faced Photography
Intuition by Carsten Witte is Haunting
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49
Bite-Sized Olympian Diets
Bite-Sized Olympian Diets
The 'Meals of Athletes at the Olympics' Photo Series is a Mouthful
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48
Dramatic Slum Imagery
Dramatic Slum Imagery
The ‘Dead Traffic’ Series by Kim Thue Captures Freetown
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47
Fake Hurricane Features
Fake Hurricane Features
The Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos are Trolling the Internet
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46
Dapper Doggy Dressups
Dapper Doggy Dressups
Sonya Yu Captures Her Dog Trotter in Hilarious Costumes
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45
Camera Selection Infographics
Camera Selection Infographics
The 'What Type of Camera Should I Get' Chart is Realistic
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44
Peculiar Painting-Like Photos
Peculiar Painting-Like Photos
Photographer Nicholas Scarpinato Captures Dreamlike Scenes
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43
Psychedelic Personal Portraits
Psychedelic Personal Portraits
The 2012 Festival of Colors Photography by Thomas Hawk is Vibrant
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42
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Vintage Oriental Artwork
Don Hong-Oai Echoes the Traditional Asian Art
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41
Suspended Parasol Artworks
Suspended Parasol Artworks
Portugal’s Floating Umbrella Installation is Magical
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40
LSD Vision Photography
LSD Vision Photography
The Rob Carter 'Travelling Still' Captures are Trippy
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39
Fake Muscle Captures
Fake Muscle Captures
The Kurt Stallaert 'Bodybuilders World' Collection is Macho
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38
Smartphone Photo Handles
Smartphone Photo Handles
The Belkin iPhone Shutter Grip Provides a Steadying Ergonomic Handhold
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37
Candid Presidential Photography
Candid Presidential Photography
Barack Obama by Terry Richardson is Revealed After Win
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36
Dream-Inspired Captures (UPDATE)
Dream-Inspired Captures (UPDATE)
The Martin Stranka Captures Blend Fantasy and Reality
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35
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Deep Sea Sand Sculptures
Yoji Ookata Discovers Giant Underwater Crop Circles
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34
Everyday Superhero Captures
Everyday Superhero Captures
These Chow Kar Hoo Photographs Show Good Samaritans
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33
Picture-Taking Puppy Collars
Picture-Taking Puppy Collars
The Pet's View Captures Life Through the Eyes of Your Carefree Canine
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32
Smeared Aerial Photography
Smeared Aerial Photography
Matt Molloy’s Sky Photography Shows Beauty Through Haziness
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31
Photoshopped Athletic Attacks
Photoshopped Athletic Attacks
The Shark Olympics Series is Dangerously Competitive
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30
Virtually Magnified Photos
Virtually Magnified Photos
The David Copithorne ‘3D Geometric Photography' Set Distort
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29
Underwater Human Life Photography
Underwater Human Life Photography
The Staudinger & Franke 'Life Below the Surface' Series is Deep
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28
Surreal Scenario Photography
Surreal Scenario Photography
Tim Walker Story Teller Showcases Imaginative Settings
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27
Sports Extremist Action Shots
Sports Extremist Action Shots
The Go Pro Hd Hero 3 Captures the Impossible Photos and Videos
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26
Hipster Camping Editorials
Hipster Camping Editorials
TEXT in visvim Editorial Series Shows Off Great Personal Style Pieces
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25
Instagram Storm Blogs
Instagram Storm Blogs
The Hurricane Sandy Instacane Website Posts As-It-Happens Photos
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24
Monochromatic Hobo Captures
Monochromatic Hobo Captures
The Photographic Portraits by Leff Jeffries are Powerful
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23
Stylish Camera Totes
Stylish Camera Totes
The Epiphanie Bags by Maile Wilson are Practical & Stylish
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22
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
Aerial Volcanic River Photography
The Andre Ermolaev Icelandic Volcano Pictures are Stunning
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21
Storm Destruction Photography
Storm Destruction Photography
These Beginner Hurricane Sandy Photos Are Devastating
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20
Expressive Equestrian Photography
Expressive Equestrian Photography
The Peter Samuels 'Equine Portraiture' Series is Evocative
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19
Vintage Gangster Lookbooks
Vintage Gangster Lookbooks
Mashkulture.net Collects Sharp and Classy Historical Mugshots
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18
Social Snapshot Sunglasses
Social Snapshot Sunglasses
You'll Never Miss a Moment With the Instaglasses
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17
Woven Hair Mask Photography
Woven Hair Mask Photography
The 'Highness' Photo Series Combines Fashion and Tribal Elements
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16
Textured Underwater Portraits
Textured Underwater Portraits
Fish Heads by Tim Tadder Captures Submerged Individuals
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15
Intimate Vintage Street Photographs
Intimate Vintage Street Photographs
Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows Book Release Exposes Artist
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14
Personified Japanese Cartoons
Personified Japanese Cartoons
Anastasiya Shpagina Becomes a Real-Life Anime Doll in This Series
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13
Controversially Untouched Olympic Photography
Controversially Untouched Olympic Photography
The Joe Klamar Olympic Photographs Cause Outrage
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12
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Photographer Dennis Maitland Isn't Afraid of Heights
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11
Wearable Paint Photography
Wearable Paint Photography
Iain Crawford Captures Models Wearing Clothes Made of Paint
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10
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
The Instagram Socialmatic Camera is a Must-See Gadget
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9
Flying Baby Photography
Flying Baby Photography
Rachel Hulin Mysteriously Captures Little Henry in Mid-Air
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8
Storm Preparation Photography
Storm Preparation Photography
Prepare for Hurricane Sandy with New York Precautionary Measures
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7
Instagram Throw Pillows
Instagram Throw Pillows
'Stitchtagram' Creates Handmade Memories
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6
Romantic Couture Editorials
Romantic Couture Editorials
The Joanna Kustra Misty Dream is Beautifully Unrefined
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5
Accessorized Kitty Captures
Accessorized Kitty Captures
Snoopy the Cat Photos are Adorable and Addictive
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4
Underwater Dog Photography
Underwater Dog Photography
Seth Casteel Captures Adorable and Frightening Pets Swimming
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3
Complete Camera Smartphone Concepts
Complete Camera Smartphone Concepts
The 'iPhone Pro' Turns Apple to High Quality Captures
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2
Rebellious Party Photography
Rebellious Party Photography
Daniel Schreiber Snaps Documentary-Like Photos of Rebellious Partying
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1
Exploding Pregnancy Photography
Exploding Pregnancy Photography
Patrice Laroche and Sandra Denis Explain Birth Through Humor
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