Don’t look for it in other photographers.
This approach is particularly important when you’re first starting out. Finding ‘inspiration’ in the work of other photographers when you don’t have a clear sense of your own style will very likely lead to comparison and the dreaded self doubt.
We each have a unique perspective when it comes to photography, or any creative field for that matter. Finding your photography style is very much a process of experimentation and discovery. Embrace your individuality, preferences and lived experience with each frame.
Capture what you’re drawn to.
What makes you tick? Whether it be a colour, time period or subject matter. Whatever you happen to be drawn to embrace that through your lens. The important thing to keep at the forefront of your mind is to capture what YOU are interested in. Trust your gut feelings.
Still figuring this part out? Then try out a whole bunch of different types of photography and see what sticks. You may also wish to peruse a few personal insights into the magic of experimentation here.
Convey your message.
What are you trying to communicate to the world through your photography? Think about the mood you wish to convey. Photography is a powerful form of storytelling and your values and preferences play a significant role when it comes to your style.
Take pictures as often as possible and in a variety of environmental contexts. Natural patterns will emerge with trial and error. Again trust your gut and shoot what’s meaningful to you.
Have fun with post production.
The way in which you edit your images also plays a significant role when it comes to your style. Whether you have a minimal or heavy handed approach the post production stage is an important opportunity to evoke a certain mood or message. Whatever your editing style may be it is important that you’re consistent and make it your own.
Don’t rush it.
Developing your photography style takes time. You’ll find that your style evolves with practice. Embrace this, it’s all part of the process. Over time you’ll observe common elements in your imagery. Certain subject matters, moods and aspects of photography, which you’re naturally drawn to. That’s where the magic lies. That’s your style in action.
Found your photography style?
I would love to know about your personal insights and tips in the comments below.
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February 12, 2017