Every successful photographer has a style, a way of processing or shooting that allows people who see their work to instantly know that was their work. This is true for all forms of photographer from portrait photographers to wildlife, landscape and sports photographers. What sets photographers apart is not their gear, it is the vision and style with which they produce their imagery.
This goes hand in hand with my post from yesterday that went along with the video by Brooke Shaden. Part of doing work that is important to you is developing that style, or at least working towards finding your style. Another great article which I found on the subject is called Don’t Force Your Style, you can find it over on PhotoFocus.
In the post Nicole talks about how when she was first starting out everything was focused on the technical aspect of photography. You know: exposure, composition, camera settings, etc. But it was later that she realized that she needed to develop a style, she wondered if she had one. This brings up an important point, and that is having the ability to define your style. If you can’t define your own style how is anyone else supposed to?
In Nicole’s case she was able to define what her style was. She defines it as bright, colorful and very cleanly processed. In her post Nicole goes on to talk about finding your style, and this bit from the post is what really stood out to me :
“If you want your style to be authentic and natural then the best thing to do is to not force it! It’s possible that you will be influenced by images you see and people you work with,and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I’ve seen photographers mention that they want their style to be a certain way, possibly because they’ve seen other photographers’ images that they love and can relate to. That, in my opinion, can be the result of succumbing to trends and wanting your images to look like someone else’s work.”
Make sure you head over there and give it a read. Its a great post with an important message about finding your photographic style, sticking with it, and owning it as your style.