The benefits of knowing your photography style (and how to achieve such)

There are so many excellent photographers worldwide whose work we admire over the www as well as talented artists much closer to home - all of whom inspire and ignite a longing in us to create beautiful works of art just like they do! Unfortunately, it is not always possible to emulate another photographers work exactly. Ha! Hands up - been there, tried such and wrote about it here: 6 ways to build confidence as a photographer. But for now, let's consider the benefits of "knowing your OWN photography style" as well as how to achieve this goal.

Firstly, the benefits of knowing your own unique photography style

You will discover which type of locations / subjects / lighting conditions inspire you to make art and will instinctively know which camera setting to use for such from experience. You won't waste time on those locations and lighting conditions which don't deliver your desired results (at least not through choice).

You will spend less time editing because you know which sliders, etc to use in Lightroom / Photoshop to achieve your preferred look and tend to stick to the same editing routine for the majority of your work.

You will become more focused regarding what you need to learn to enhance your work and as a result be less willing to spend time on equipment and training which doesn't keep you on track.

You will discover which photography genres work for you and which ones don't. This makes it easier to know what to invest in when it comes to workshops and equipment and could also save you money.

You will feel happier and more organised having a consistent portfolio of work which in turn will increase your confidence as an artist and encourage you to grow and learn even more.
Your images will be identifiable so that when people view your work - no matter what the genre - they will instinctively see your signatory style and know you are the artist who produced them.

How to achieve these goals

It's all very easy talking about the benefits of "knowing your photography style" which are great, but it's not so easy achieving such when you're first starting out! Personally, I don't claim to know all there is to know about photography, because I'm nowhere near such, but I do realise what works for me and what doesn't. My advise to anyone seeking to find their photography voice is to keep shooting, editing and learning what works and what doesn't work for you. Make mental or actual recorded notes re: lighting conditions and camera settings when they work out and apply the same when it comes to editing techniques in Lightroom / Photoshop. Study your favourite photographers' images and try and work out what time of day they have chosen, what type of lighting / shadow techniques, etc they have used and have a go yourself. You may not achieve the exact same results, but you might just be surprised to find that you have created something remarkably distinct and beautiful which has YOUR OWN stamp on it instead!

Once you have found your signature style, you may also want to add textures, etc to create fine art which is likewise unique to you.

"Keep learning. Keep trying. Keep on keeping on and sooner or later your own personal photography style will start to shine through."

Project 365

Working regularly on this project has given me the drive to find my own preferred photography style which is finally emerging! Prior to Project 365, I was struggling to find my own photographic voice amongst the crowd and was constantly frustrated with the images I was producing.

If you are new to photography, or even one who has struggled for ages to find your way like myself, why not try Project 365 and find out if it could work for you? This project has helped thousands of photographers develop and grow and it could help you likewise if you are willing to give it a go.


Jill Wasiewicz said...

Such a beautiful collection of images Wendy and very well written. Your photography style really has emerged and it's wonderful to see so many different images but yet all with your unique touch!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Jillian! Have a few more sunrise images to post, but keeping them for my Serenity Project this month.

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George D said...

Your images are so rich in colour and really beautifully edited. Lovely collection.