develop your style
How to Develop your Photography Style
Just like fashion, a good artist adopts a ‘look’ from which their work is defined. If you want to be a distinctive shoot we suggest you develop your style.
But how the heck do you do that?!
Take a Look at your Work
Time to break out all those photographs you’ve been taking (aimlessly you may think) over the months and years. These pictures will help you see small parts of your photography style.
Pick out a selection of your favourite photos, around 30 or so and lay them out flat or put them all on screen.
Take a Look at your Work
What Makes You Happy?
It’s also a good thing to add to that list the motivating factors that caused you to take up photography in the first place to help develop your style.
For some, it’s making family memories, others it’s documenting their surroundings, or it could just be to memorialise their life and travels. Whatever makes you happy and keeps you wanting to take photos, write it down too.
It is paramount that you don’t lose sight of the joy that photography brings you, so whatever your smile-maker is then it’s now part of your style.
Try Everything, Once
‘Until you’ve done everything, you’ve done nothing’ the quote goes and in developing your photography style this could be a useful moniker. You may love landscape photography, but can it be your favourite area of photography if you’ve not tried portraiture? Possibly, possibly not.
What we’re getting at is that it’s good to try lots of different genres out before finding the ones you really love.
Of course, there will be areas you know that will never appeal to your personality but give everything you can a shot so you’re sure. Again, list down those preferred genres if you haven’t already.
Focus on Your Style
This is the core of your photography style.
Of course, you’ll deviate from this list over time but like a boomerang, you’ll be back when you need to get out of a rut.
Now you know you’re style, it’s time to focus and perfect it, so you’re creating the best versions possible. For example:
Make a Workflow
If you can spend less time editing and more time shooting isn’t that a good thing? A smart workflow will take out the boredom that long stints of editing can induce. Lightroom has presets that can batch edit large volumes of photos, so they all have a similar finish (providing the original shots are consistent too).
Maybe you’re always warming up your shots?
Regularly upping the contrast?
Do you tend to tweak the sharpness levels?
Whatever the adjustment, if you find yourself regularly doing it, include it in your action or preset and make it part of your photography style.
If you want to have a strong portfolio like them, take note and build yourself a personal photography style.
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