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Finding your own voice in photography




Something that every photographer is constantly thinking about and trying to achieve is finding their own style. I’m sure it’s going on in all of our heads - at least it’s something I’m thinking about a lot. Finding your own voice will be a life-long process and your style will develop and change over time. Still there are some basic tips that can help to discover your own photography style.
I've written about this before (here), but wanted to update the post, keep it shorter, and add some new points that I've found helpful.

1. Find your passion - what do you love taking photos of? Is there something you always come back to?

2. What kind of photos do you keep pinning on Pinterest? What do all the photos you pin have in common?

3. Have a few favourite photographers in mind that you look up to. Keep up with their work, see what they do, learn from them. It doesn’t matter who they are, it could be your local photographer, or some of the ‘old and famous’ photographers, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene Smith, ...

4. Look through all your photos - from when you first started up until now. How has your style changed? What do all your photos have in common? E.g. lots of close-ups, most photos taken from a similar angle, always XY in the pictures, use of bokeh, notice the perspective, etc.

5. But the most important tip of all that I can give you: Take photos! You won’t uncover your voice if you’re not taking pictures. Meaning: you have to take photos. Constantly. Keep at it, and I’m sure your own photography voice will unfold over time and you’ll be able to see it.

Do you have any tips for finding your own style in photography?

P.S. Thank you Helen for modelling for me. ;)

6 comments:

  1. I really love those photos, especially the first one!

    And thanks for the tips, I will have to analyze my Pinterest pins a little bit ;) And of course keep taking lots of pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Hanna! I appreciate that! :)

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  2. So well written, Helena! You nailed it, too. Such great advice :) I am still discovering my "voice" but I have come a long, long way!

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    1. That sounds great, Latrina! It always feels good being able to see accomplishments and developments in your own work! :)

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  3. These are seriously great tips! I like the idea of analyzing the photos you like on Pinterest in order to devise your personal strategy for taking photos.

    Kate from Clear the Way

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    1. Thank you, Kate! Really appreciate that, and am glad I could help! :)

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