Do you have style? I mean a photo style.
This week's podcast explores a question I get frequently -- how do I develop my own personal photography style?
Once you start shooting pictures regularly, you inevitably start thinking about what your style might be. What's the look and feel that will define your work?
Today we will discuss what is photo style, why should you care, and how can you create or develop yours? Listen to the podcast now.
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That’s the way I see it
I'm introducing a new segment that covers news and views of the photo industry. That's The Way I See It is where I share the interesting developments and my take on it. Of course, I'd also love to hear how you see it. Tell me what you think in the comments below. In this week, we tackle two topics:
The Ansel Adams Act restores what should already exist - free speech
Last week, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) introduced a bill that would equate your pictures to an expression of speech. What does that mean? Your ability to take pictures in public places would be protected by the First Amendment. That means law enforcement would have to produce a warrant to stop you from lawfully taking pictures. I'll share a story that illustrates why this is important.
Where is the future of camera technology going?
It's hard to tell. Last week, Nikon introduced the new D5500, and I swear I yawned. How do manufacturers impress us when they've spoiled us with so much great technology? I got a peak at some cool ideas from Lytro's VP of marketing, Azmat Ali. Listen to an interview I conducted with him at last year's PhotoPlus Expo. He discusses the Living Picture. Is this the future?
How to find and create your own personal photography style
Our conversation outline
What is personal photographic style?
- A unique and personal way of seeing and capturing
- The Kevin Test
Why do we care?
- Early enthusiasm - shoot everything
- We experiment like crazy
- We create a great volume of photos
- Nothing connects
Why do we care -- more
- We’re attracted to great pictures
- Ira Glass - We know it when we see it
- Like writers to words
- Like musicians to music
Famous photographer styles
- Steve McCurry
- Yousef Karsh
- Jay Maisel
- Trey Ratcliff
What it ain’t
- Choosing a subject
- Street photography or nature photography ain’t a style
What it is...
- It’s about seeing. Then a technical interpretation
- Creating a firm foundation from which you will create
- Choices made to express your vision
What it is... A combination:
- Background & context
- Quality of light
- Expressing emotions
It it style or taste?
- Can I replicate it? Is it me or the filter?
- Can anyone else replicate it?
- Is it unusual? Noticeable?
- An expression of your vision, as unique as your handwriting
Put it into words
- Compare & Contrast
- I like ____
- I don’t like _____
- Victoria’s Secret
- Old Navy
It’s an exploratory process
- Limit your tools - assets
- Create a project
- Document your processes
- Inspiration file
Developing your own style
- Confidence. Believing in your own style
- Stuart Scott
In conclusion -- Developing your own style
- is finding who you are and making your work become the extension of your personality
- Style finds us more than we find it.
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