- Let your photography be joyful by photographing subjects that you love.
- Ask yourself, “what happens if…?” and try new things with your camera whenever you have the opportunity.
- Practice, practice, practice! Schedule time for yourself and your camera; it’s up to you whether you want to include others.
Shoot for Yourself: The Best Way to Create Your Personal Photo Style
by Cody Johnson | May 28, 2013 | Advice
What differentiates snapshots from the kind of photography that really holds the eye? A lot of the difference is found in the individual photographer’s style. A well-developed style can give artistry to any subject, and part of the joy of an artistic style is in developing it. This comes from photographing for your own enjoyment and allowing your style to develop on its own, especially early on when you are learning about photography. The Growth of a Personal Photo Style The key to understanding how personal photo style develops is in knowing that most photographers are not able to conceptualize what their personal photo style will be before it takes root on its own. In this way, personal photo style is not something that can be learned or forced, but is rather an outgrowth of practice, experience, and experiments. If you recognize this early on, you can give yourself the freedom to enjoy the journey. As you review your photos, you will start to find common links as your personal photo style develops. How Learning Influences Personal Photo Style Personal photo styles are a combination of aesthetic elements that work together to distinguish one photographer’s work from another’s. The way that photographers use these elements is a product of how they have learned as much as what they have learned. Part of this is book learning and part is learning from experience. A surprising number of professional photographers are entirely self-taught, showing that a love of photography is more important than a love of taking photography courses! As you continue to learn about light, lenses, aperture, and all of the other parts that make photography an art as well as a science, experiment to test your understanding. It is okay if experimenting does not always work the way that you planned; trying new things can lead to interesting and artistic results.