On Developing a Photographic Style



Hello Light Scribers!

I was doing some research on photographic styles and came across this awesome post on Scott Bourne’s Photofocus blog:

A Few Thoughts on Photographic Style

I have to admit, it has been a rather daunting task to figure out what my own style is – and I’m still working on it – but at least Scott’s post offered solid advice on how to go about it.

Knowing your gear is probably the advice that sticks out most to me. When I first got my DSLR all I did was pop on a lens, tossed it into manual mode and off I went…Bad idea. I erroneously thought that the controls on my Canon XTi should be similar to that of my Canon G12. Yes, I know; I should be slapped…hard!

I am happy to say that I’ve since learned the ins and outs of my camera and for the first time I can begin to see small hints of what my style is developing into. For example, I found that I like images with strong contrast and drama. I also noticed some of my work reminds me of Miksang photography (hence these entries).

I still have a ways to go but for now I’ll bask in the knowing that I have at least begun to comprehend my personal style. I hope you find yours as well, regardless of your choice of medium. 🙂