Don’t Force Your Style

|Don’t Force Your Style

Don’t Force Your Style

By | 2016-12-18T17:00:58+00:00 October 13th, 2013|1 Comment

My current “style” of photography tends to be bright, colorful and very cleanly processed. This food photograph is well-represented by that look.

Several years back when I was just starting out as a photographer I was focused on increasing my technical skills, getting my images clean and sharp and, at a very basic level, I was just trying to make beautiful photographs. Eventually I learned that photographers should have or adopt a certain “style” to their images. So then I started wondering … did I have a style? If I did, I couldn’t see it, and eventually my friend Scott Bourne let me in on what he could see: I did have a distinct style! That was music to my ears.

Knowing that piece of information didn’t really change anything, other than the perception I had of my own photography. It didn’t force me to shoot a certain way or continue to try to create my images with a certain look. I just did what felt right and looked good.

If you want your style to be authentic and natural then the best thing to do is to not force it! It’s possible that you will be influenced by images you see and people you work with,and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I’ve seen photographers mention that they want their style to be a certain way, possibly because they’ve seen other photographers’ images that they love and can relate to. That, in my opinion, can be the result of succumbing to trends and wanting your images to look like someone else’s work.

So, the bottom line is, just be you! Learn the techniques, try new things but don’t let the lure of wanting to have “a style” change your photography. Trust me, you do indeed have a style, and the more you shoot and process your photographs the better your chances that it will shine through.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.

One Comment

  1. Aunt Clara October 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    A “style” should be like an accent: you shouldn’t be able to hear your own.

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