One of the more popular styles today is what I call "gritty". By this I mean it has a more candid look, as if someone had grabbed the shot spontaneously with a cell phone -- blocked up shadows, blown highlights, lens flare like crazy. Everything we used to think was "wrong" is not "right". In the past I might have carefully stacked some dollar bills, all looking newly minted and perfectly aligned. Today I am looking for wrinkled bills in random patterns.
Below are some samples I did recently in the studio of typical subjects where I wanted to refresh the style to make them more current. I photographed this series with the Fuji X-T1 and Zeiss Touit 50mm macro. The X-T1 is nice to work with because its electronic viewfinder can be set to show me exactly what I am getting, something important when I am blasting out the hightlights and need to know where the blow-out is occurring and how much detail I am loosing in the subject. The Zeiss Touit 50mm macro has become my favorite macro lens. It is a perfect focal length for me with a auto-focus accuracy that is rare for any macro lens.