I read a lot, blogs, magazines, books etc and one of the comments I see a lot is about how photographers have to be different or unique to stand out. To look for a different viewpoint in front of a popular photographic icon, to walk around the corner, to go up or down. This makes sense to me and something that I have incorporated into my work.
However the writers go on to say that you must develop your own unique style to truly communicate your vision through your images. Your own specific way of seeing and capturing and processing an image that is consistent and identifiable.
Having been fairly serious about learning the craft of photography for the last 5 or so years, I am already working hard to master the capabilities of the camera. To try and remember all the rules for composition and then try to creatively break them. Filters! Post-Processing! DOF, Hypefocal distance, shutterspeeds!
So much to learn and remember, I am utterly boggled by the thought that you then have to think even further beyond that to develop your unique style or vision for an image. Its hard enough to simply come up with a good or even great image, accounting for light and conditions and all the other things that affect what you produce.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP A STYLE? How do you even decide what your style will be? While the articles comment that you should do it, no one ever says “this is how”. There is so much world out there, doing fabulous things and I want to see and capture most of it, and its all different. So far, my style has been turning up with a camera LOL
For those who have a specific intense passion for one thing, and they are driven to capture just that, then maybe they have more opportunity to develop a specific style? Maybe in that focus the style organically evolves?
We all want to be remembered for something, and I would certainly like my images to be some form of memorable, and to do that they have to stand out from the crowd. Do I shoot with a particular style or method in mind? Beyond trying to create the best composition to capture a specific image, no, I have no artistic aims or goals.
Should I? Maybe but I really don’t know how to develop this concept. Should I do a creative art course of some kind? Do I simply lack the vision that makes a great photographer?
Right now, I am going to continue to focus on continuing to learn my craft, improving my compositions, capturing the light and the shadow. Style may or may not evolve, but if I aim for improvement, surely that is a worthy goal of its own?
If you have a style, was it a concious choice? Was it a direction you specifically went in? Or did it just happen over time?