Finding a photography style that is unique to you as an artist is one of the most common struggles photographers encounter. There are just so many amazing photography styles to choose from that it seems that we either try too many styles all at once or feel as though we adopt a particular photography style only because it is currently popular. But when we do that, we only set ourselves up to be just like everyone else, instead of unique! When we find ourselves with a lack of a photography style, we also find that we lack in inspiration. And inspiration is what drives us to pick up our cameras in the first place.
Developing a photography style that is unique to you takes a little time. It also takes a little thought and patience. But by keeping the following three tips in mind, you can start developing a photography style that makes you stand out as an artist, instead of blend in with the crowd. You will also find that developing your photography style will lead you to be more passionate about your photography.
Improve your photography style
No.01Start a Personal Photography Project
Starting a personal photography project will encourage you to photograph on a regular basis. And while you are photographing, you can start really practicing how you want to incorporate your photography style into your images while you are shooting and during post-processing.
For me, my photography style really took shape as I was completing my very first 365 photography project, when I picked up my camera every day for one year to take a daily photo. Because my project encouraged me to pick up my camera every day, I started seeing my style develop daily as I was putting more of myself into my images and thinking through each shot. It also helped me practice my editing techniques, which further incorporates my photography style into my images.
If a 365 photography project isn’t for you, let this list of photography project ideas inspire you to choose one that is!
No.02Let Your Surroundings Inspire You
A lot of our photography style is defined by what we truly love. If you are having trouble pinpointing your photography style, take a step back and look to your surroundings for inspiration. Look at how you style your home and how you choose to dress yourself. Both will show a lot about you as an artist, which you can reflect through your photography style.
For me, my home and wardrobe are both full of soft neutral tones…which is also very evident in my photography portfolio. Because I am attracted to neutral and simplistic items in my surroundings and wardrobe choices, I find that I also incorporate neutral tones and the concept of simplicity in my images.
No.03The Styled Photographer eBook
To be inspired in a huge way to find your photography style, be sure to get a copy of The Styled Photographer. Packed with style exercises that will have you picking up your camera and thinking through your style, The Styled Photographer will take you on a journey to find a photography style that truly represents you. You will also learn how other photographers incorporate their style into their images, and learn how to present a photography style that is recognizable by others. Seriously, this eBook is a game changer when it comes to find your photography style.
If there is ever a time to find your photography style, it is now. Stop taking pictures for everyone else and start taking pictures for you! Stop feeling like you are simply copying other photography styles because you aren’t sure what your style truly is. And stop feeling uninspired when you pick up your camera. Finding your photography style will be one of the most influentials steps you take on your photography journey, so take that step today!