ACS Distance Education UK
Creating a recognizable style involves distinctive photography. A photographer who wants to develop their own sense of style must broaden their ability to see the image before they shoot it. To develop your own sense of style, you must:
Think about photographers or artists whose work is instantly identifiable. What is it about their work that screams their name? Study and analyse their work to see what their unique style is and how they permeate it through all their work.
The following things will significantly affect the success you are able to achieve in developing a personal style in photography:
The things you select to photograph.
Learn to ‘see’ rather than ‘look’
If you really ‘see’ something, you will probably find yourself shooting from a position ‘other than’ eye level more often than not. ‘Seeing’ a picture is a skill that can be developed with understanding and practice. ‘Seeing’ is about recognising that there is ‘more’ to a picture or scene than meets the eye, and reflecting it in your photographs. Some photographers always find beauty in the ugly, by seeking it out. Others discover a scene from an unexpected or different point of view which sheds new light on the subject. An alternative point of view always makes a view look twice at a picture as it provokes thought. Thinking in colours is another approach to ‘seeing’ a picture.
Photographs that are taken by a photographer who ‘sees’ rather than ‘looks’ will add another dimension and bring renewed life to the subject, scene or topic. To truly develop your own photographic style you must find your own unique voice or view of the world, and skilfully express that in your pictures. Travel photography provides unlimited exciting opportunities to do this.