CROWN is lucky to know several of Seattle’s most pre-eminent product photographers, set designers, and lighting engineers, not to mention portrait and event photographers and cinematographers.

Photography is a vast and versatile medium, continuously evolving with technological advancements and artistic exploration. Different styles of photography often necessitate unique equipment, lenses, lighting approaches, and subjects. Here's a look into some prevalent photography styles and their associated elements:

1. Portrait Photography: This style focuses on capturing an individual or group's likeness.
  • Equipment & Lenses: DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with prime lenses, often with a focal length of 50mm or 85mm, are popular for their ability to produce sharp subjects against a blurred background.
  • Lighting: Soft, diffused lighting is preferred to avoid harsh shadows. Studio lighting or natural lighting with reflectors can achieve this effect.
  • Subject: Individuals or groups, often posed or in candid moments.

2. Landscape Photography: It emphasizes vast, expansive natural scenes.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Wide-angle lenses, typically between 10-24mm, are favored for their ability to capture a broad scene.
  • Lighting: Golden hours (dawn and dusk) provide the softest, most colorful light.
  • Subject: Nature, urban landscapes, seascapes, or any expansive view.

3. Macro Photography: This style captures minute subjects, highlighting intricate details.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Macro lenses, typically in the 60-200mm range, with a 1:1 magnification ratio.
  • Lighting: Ring flashes or LED panels are commonly used to light small subjects evenly.
  • Subject: Insects, plants, or any small objects.

4. Wildlife Photography: Focused on capturing animals in their natural habitats.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Telephoto lenses, often 300mm or longer, to photograph from a distance without disturbing the animals.
  • Lighting: Natural lighting is predominant, with early mornings and late afternoons being prime times.
  • Subject: Animals in their natural settings.

5. Street Photography: This captures candid moments in public spaces.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Rangefinders or mirrorless cameras with a standard or wide-angle lens for discretion and quick shooting.
  • Lighting: Natural, ambient lighting.
  • Subject: Everyday life, urban scenes, people in candid moments.

6. Architectural Photography: Showcases the beauty and details of buildings and structures.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Wide-angle or tilt-shift lenses to capture the breadth and correct perspective distortions.
  • Lighting: Both natural and artificial lighting can be employed, depending on the desired effect.
  • Subject: Buildings, interiors, and other structures.

7. Fashion Photography: Centers around clothing and other fashion items.
  • Equipment & Lenses: DSLRs or medium format cameras with a variety of lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto, depending on the scene.
  • Lighting: Studio lighting setups, often with softboxes or beauty dishes, to highlight the fashion items.
  • Subject: Models showcasing clothing and accessories.

8. Astrophotography: Focused on celestial bodies and night skies.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Fast wide-angle lenses, often f/2.8 or wider, and sturdy tripods. Telescopes may also be used for deep-sky objects.
  • Lighting: Mostly natural starlight, with some photographers using light painting for foreground elements.
  • Subject: Stars, galaxies, planets, and other celestial bodies.

9. Documentary Photography: Chronicles events and tells stories.
  • Equipment & Lenses: Versatile zoom lenses, often in the 24-70mm range, to quickly adapt to changing scenes.
  • Lighting: Natural lighting or on-camera flash.
  • Subject: Real-life events, stories, or chronicles.

10. Aerial & Drone Photography: Captures scenes from above.
  • Equipment: Drones with built-in cameras or mounted DSLRs.
  • Lighting: Natural lighting, considering time of day and shadows.
  • Subject: Landscapes, urban scenes, or any perspective from above.

Each photography style offers unique challenges and opportunities. While the above elements are commonly associated with these styles, creativity and experimentation remain at the heart of the medium, allowing photographers to break rules and redefine styles continually.

Community question: How do you photograph a slow-motion water drop splash?

Photographing a slow-motion water drop splash can be a fun exercise. Think of what else you could capture in slow-motion! To capture this type of shot, you'll need the right equipment, settings, and techniques.


Camera: You'll need a camera that allows manual control over settings. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is ideal, but you can also use a high-quality smartphone with manual camera controls.

Tripod: To keep your camera steady during the shot, use a tripod or another stable surface.

Macro Lens: A macro lens will allow you to get close to the water drop and capture fine details.

External Flash: An external flash can help freeze the action and provide adequate lighting.

Remote Shutter Release: This will help you avoid camera shake when pressing the shutter button.

Backdrop: A clean and neutral backdrop can help make the water drop stand out.


Choose a Location: Find a quiet, well-lit, and controlled environment where you can set up your equipment without interruptions.

Set Up the Tripod: Place your camera on the tripod and ensure it's stable.

Compose Your Shot: Frame the shot so that the area where the water drop will hit is in the center of the frame. Consider using a shallow depth of field (low f-stop number) to create a pleasing background blur.

Camera Settings:
Shutter Speed: Set your camera to a relatively slow shutter speed, such as 1/1000th of a second or slower. Slow shutter speeds will capture the motion and create the desired slow-motion effect.

Aperture (f-stop): Use a small aperture (higher f-stop number, like f/8 or higher) to increase the depth of field and ensure that the water drop and splash are in focus.

ISO: Use a low ISO setting (e.g., ISO 100 or 200) to maintain image quality and reduce noise.

Focus: Set your camera to manual focus and pre-focus on the spot where the water drop will hit. You may need to use magnified live view to ensure precise focus.


External Flash: Use an external flash or off-camera flash to illuminate the scene. Position it at an angle to avoid harsh shadows.

Diffuser: Consider using a diffuser or softbox with your flash to soften the lighting and reduce harsh reflections.


Timing: Use a remote shutter release or the camera's self-timer to take the shot at the right moment. Alternatively, you can use a sound or laser trigger to automate the process.

Multiple Shots: Be prepared to take multiple shots as water drops can be unpredictable. Experiment with different timings and angles to get the best results.

Review and Adjust: After each shot, review the image on your camera's LCD screen. Adjust your settings as needed to achieve the desired result.


In post-processing software like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, you can fine-tune the image, adjust colors, contrast, and sharpness, and remove any unwanted elements.