Have you found your own style yet? What sets your photos apart from the rest of Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram? We’re going to give you a few tips to find your own photography style.
For starters, you’ll never find what’s unique about you if you are constantly following and admiring the work of others. We all have people we admire when it comes to style. Whether they’re fashion bloggers, landscape photographers, extreme sport athletes, there’s always something about their imagery that speaks to us, it’s inspirational. And that’s the dangerous part. If you subject yourself to other people’s work without developing your own style, you’re bound to just copy it in some way. So, as scary as it might seem, unsubscribe from that Instagram feed and go out into the real world, you’re bound to find something that speaks to you.
This next tip goes hand in hand with not following others. Imitation is not a personal style, and it’s not really flattery for the original photographer. Instead if you’ve found an image that speaks to you, figure out what it is about the image that impacts you and use that. Let’s say you have a picture by Ansel Adams that you really enjoy. Figure out what it is about the image that captures you. Is it the way the light reflects off the lake in one of his landscape images, or the textured clouds in the sky of another? You can take a piece of something and just experiment with it.
Now, if you want to get better at something no matter what it is, practice, practice, practice! Photography is exactly the same way. You’ll need to shoot every single day to develop your style. That’s right, every day! When you first start out things might not look that great, your composition might be slightly off, but eventually you’ll develop a technique that works. Once you get to a point where you like about 75% of your photographs you might be on to something.
Know the rules, then break them! Just like anything in life, photography has rules. Whether you’re talking about rule of thirds or other composition tips, white balance and color grading there are basics that you should follow to get the best possible images. It’s only once you understand those rules that you can go ahead and break them.
Lastly, shoot for yourself. Shoot what makes you happy, not what you think others might want to see. Whatever imagery drives you shoot that. It can be still life photography, architecture, or whatever specific style speaks to you, just shoot it! Photography is a personal expression and a form of art. It should represent whatever you want to say. You wouldn’t want people telling you what car to drive or what shoes to wear, so don’t let them tell you what to shoot! Think of this also as personal development. It is very satisfying once you find your own style. You’ll have much more confidence as both a photographer and as an artist.
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