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Aerial Photography: A Closer Look at a Defining Photo Trend of 2016

By Lars - 4 min read

See our picks of this defining visual trend of 2016.

What makes a picture beautiful? The answer usually depends on what kind of photography is popular at the moment. Each year sees the invention of new techniques, styles, and aesthetics – and together they affect our taste and perception.

At EyeEm, we keep close tabs on what community members share with each other. This allows us to spot new photography trends as they bubble to the surface. We have summarized the most popular new aesthetics in our current Visual Trends report that you can download for free.

This is an in-depth look at the “Aerial Photography” trend, including lots of sample images to inspire your campaigns – or to license directly.

There’s a reason why photos taken from the sky are so captivating: They reveal a perspective we aren’t used to and that we can’t easily experience ourselves.

Low section of man on building terrace above city

By chris

Directly above shot of road amidst illuminated buildings at city

By Jerry Kestel

High angle view of boat moving on sea

By Erik Sellgren

Directly above shot of person canoeing on sea

By Milo Hale

Aerial view of road on desert

By Rob Mulally

Aerial photography has become more interesting now that it’s easier to shoot from higher vantage points. First came the over-head shot, then the bird’s eye view, and lately the photo taken from the drone.
These shots are particularly powerful when they show humans in the full context of their environment. They invoke a feeling of adventure, or even of environmental concern, since they convey how small we are compared to the rest of the planet.

High angle view of man hanging from rope over sea during winter

By CaptVane

Aerial view of gran canaria coastline

By DaxxxC

High angle view of crowd crossing city street by buildings at night

By Hung Lung

Trees against mountains during foggy weather

By Noel

Aerial view of hot air balloons over landscape

By Victor Mitri

Aerial photography is also perfect for layouts: High vantage points offer lots of space for placing copy onto a picture, and with the clean lines that emerge from up high, you can easily embed one of these photos into an existing layout.

High angle view of couple on staircase at kunstmuseum basel

By Tabu

Aerial view of couple lying on the beach

By Jeff Frandsen


By Jeff Frandsen


By Keitz Aquino

Header image by @tarasovm.

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