In the UK, when it comes to magazines and books, there is a definite trend for out of focus images, where only a tiny fraction is in focus. You'll see this a lot in cookery books. The entire background is blurred out, along with the main object, with only the very front of the object sharp.
I imagine these are all taken inhouse, but they might be stock. In which case there must be a huge demand for these images. In fact, look at photos on the Microsoft Clip Art Gallery site and I'm sure you'll find examples there. (Often with brightly coloured shadows.)
It's annoying to be honest, and I hope the trend ends soon. Why can't we see the whole image in focus? OK, blur the background if you like, but let's see the object in full focus.
[edited by: Hester at 9:48 am (utc) on Oct. 27, 2006]