15 Inspiring Image Collections from 2012

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This week as part of our ‘Best of dPS 2012 series‘ I thought it might be fun to look back on some of our most popular ‘image collections’ of the year gone by.

We post image collections 1-2 times a month to act as a source of inspiration and ideas for our readers. Each is on a different theme or technique of photography and where we can we include a little instruction on how to tackle shooting the types of photos covered.

Here’s the top 15 image collections of 2012 (click the image to see the full collection).

1. 24 Beautiful Dawn Images

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2. 33 Inspirational Images that Feature Patterns and Repetition

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3. 27 Resplendent ‘Reflections’ Images to Inspire You

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4. 25 Evocative Images of Abandonment and Urban Decay

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5. 27 Beautiful Black and White Portraits

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6. 27 Black and White Landscape Images

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7. Moon Games

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8. 31 Amazing Abstract Images

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9. 25 Dreamy Images Shot Wide Open

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10. 27 Signs Images

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11. 29 Stunning Staircase Images

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12. 29 Shots of Dogs Sticking Their Heads out of Car Windows [Humor]

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13. 47 City Skylines to Inspire You

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14. 27 Great Panning Images [and How to Take Them]

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15. 19 More Creative Mirror Self Portraits

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Want more image collections? Check out our best Image Collections of 2011 here.

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Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • Love this round-up, I haven’t had a chance to check out all the photos yet but I will. This year I am determined to push my photography to the next level, I already take food shots for my blog, but now is the time to crank things up a gear in food and beyond…next year I will be a participator and not just a reader!! Now I’ve put that out there I’ve just made myself accountable…no stopping now 🙂

  • Scottc

    Incredible and inspiring collections of photos with plenty of ideas for the upcoming New Year.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/sets/72157632350748204/

  • Joseph

    Some gorgeous work. I particularly like the abandoned building/civilization photos, though I’m not a huge fan of the ethereal HDR work, I still enjoy looking at it. The black and white portraits are right up my alley 🙂

  • Images like these really do motivate you to improve your skills. If I didn’t have a loving wife and 3 kids under 5, I’d spend much more time out practicing. However, until the kids get old enough to help with chores, I’ll have to take the few opportunities I currently get.

    Flickr:
    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • These are great. I’ve used suprsetr to create my more interesting posts of 2012 according to flickr. http://www.flixelpix.com/life/top-40-photos-of-2012/ it is interesting to group your images by keyword. Love these though.

  • These are some nice collections…i really like the Dawn and black&white images.
    Lets use our gear for the good of our fellows…i would be interested in seeing some inspirations and tips for charity photography.
    Thanks, Darren

  • Inspirational! Thanks for sharing

  • stunning selection… u can also view my pictures and give your opinion

  • These photos are stunning. I particularly like the ones that show great depth of field. The blue picture with the mountain reflected in the lake, Is breath taking.

  • Doug Gauen

    WOW!! The portfolio is remarkable… And the goal of taking outstanding pictures now seems so far away. As mom said, practice, practice, inspiration.

  • Tricia Shulist

    Great photo collections! And inspirational! All the photographers should be commended, and the people who put these collections together, as well. It’s exactly what I needed on this cold Friday morning, with nothing to do but look at great photos. Thanks again.

  • shahzad

    really inspiring collections thanks 4 sharing

  • really inspiring pictures….just motivates me to improve on my skills.
    I really like the Black and White portraits. Loving this work.

Some Older Comments

  • Eprel September 16, 2013 06:56 am

    really inspiring pictures....just motivates me to improve on my skills.
    I really like the Black and White portraits. Loving this work.

  • shahzad January 12, 2013 11:46 pm

    really inspiring collections thanks 4 sharing

  • Tricia Shulist January 5, 2013 04:54 am

    Great photo collections! And inspirational! All the photographers should be commended, and the people who put these collections together, as well. It's exactly what I needed on this cold Friday morning, with nothing to do but look at great photos. Thanks again.

  • Doug Gauen January 4, 2013 10:33 pm

    WOW!! The portfolio is remarkable... And the goal of taking outstanding pictures now seems so far away. As mom said, practice, practice, inspiration.

  • Bob B January 4, 2013 06:14 pm

    These photos are stunning. I particularly like the ones that show great depth of field. The blue picture with the mountain reflected in the lake, Is breath taking.

  • Jennifer January 4, 2013 07:45 am

    stunning selection... u can also view my pictures and give your opinion

  • Zain Abdullah December 28, 2012 02:23 pm

    Inspirational! Thanks for sharing

  • Lara December 28, 2012 08:42 am

    These are some nice collections...i really like the Dawn and black&white images.
    Lets use our gear for the good of our fellows...i would be interested in seeing some inspirations and tips for charity photography.
    Thanks, Darren

  • David December 28, 2012 03:50 am

    These are great. I've used suprsetr to create my more interesting posts of 2012 according to flickr. http://www.flixelpix.com/life/top-40-photos-of-2012/ it is interesting to group your images by keyword. Love these though.

  • Brian December 28, 2012 02:57 am

    Images like these really do motivate you to improve your skills. If I didn't have a loving wife and 3 kids under 5, I'd spend much more time out practicing. However, until the kids get old enough to help with chores, I'll have to take the few opportunities I currently get.

    Flickr:
    http://bit.ly/oufr4c

  • Joseph December 28, 2012 02:24 am

    Some gorgeous work. I particularly like the abandoned building/civilization photos, though I'm not a huge fan of the ethereal HDR work, I still enjoy looking at it. The black and white portraits are right up my alley :)

  • Scottc December 27, 2012 09:11 am

    Incredible and inspiring collections of photos with plenty of ideas for the upcoming New Year.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/sets/72157632350748204/

  • jo hodson December 27, 2012 08:50 am

    Love this round-up, I haven't had a chance to check out all the photos yet but I will. This year I am determined to push my photography to the next level, I already take food shots for my blog, but now is the time to crank things up a gear in food and beyond...next year I will be a participator and not just a reader!! Now I've put that out there I've just made myself accountable...no stopping now :-)

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