Pets, family gatherings and ice cream: Canon reveals the hottest photographic trends of 2016


posted Monday, May 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM EST


In case you didn't know (I didn’t), May is National Photography Month. To celebrate the occasion, Canon has just revealed some interesting results of a survey on current photography trends, including how highly we rate our own work.

Photographers are apparently a confident bunch, with 80 percent of photographers rating their own skills as "good to excellent." More importantly, 62 percent of photographers think they've improved over the past two to five years.

As ways to share images online continue to increase, 64 percent of photographers surveyed are still "likely or somewhat likely" to print their photos.


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A few of the standout 2016 Photography Trends include the information that nearly one in four responding photographers captures up to 300 photos a month. Also, we love to take photos of our pets (59 percent of respondents) even more than we like to take pictures of ourselves (57 percent of photographers are selfie-happy snappers). More than anything else, we like to take photos of family gatherings and special occasions with 64 percent of photographers taking photos most frequently of family events and 80 percent taking photos during family gatherings.

Video is becoming popular with nearly a fifth of survey responders using their camera to record video that is published online.


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What's better than eating food? Apparently photographing it as 178 million photographs on Instagram are tagged with "#food" and 27 percent of those who responded to Canon's survey like to share photos of their food. Ice cream is the dish du jour for food photography as just over half of of the available food photos are of the delicious frozen treat.

In total, there were 1,004 U.S. general population respondents to the online survey and it was conducted by Toluna between April 21 and 26th. Check out the rest of the results here!

(Seen via Photography Blog. Index image from Julieskitchen)