- 4 Questions to Help You Discover Your Photographic Style
- Experimenting with Manual Exposure and Timing in Street Photography (Video)
- A Crowd-Sourced Short Film Using Hundreds of Instagram Photos in a Timelapse (Video)
Posted: 01 Jan 2014 09:10 PM PST
If you’re new to the world of photography, you may hear other photographers talk about their photographic style quite a bit. But what does this mean and how do you find your own style? I’m sure you’ve heard of photojournalism (shooting moments with no posing), traditional photography (completely posed), and lifestyle photography (which is a blend of the two). But a photographer’s true style is more than just a description of his or her shooting method. It encompasses the whole look of the photographer’s art. Below are four questions you can ask yourself to help pinpoint your style.
What do you like to shoot?
This can sometimes take awhile to discover, especially if you’re new to photography. Most photographers discover that there is one subject in particular that they really enjoy shooting more than any other. Sometimes that’s weddings or newborns, or maybe it’s kids and families. Whatever you prefer to document directly affects your style. The way you photograph kids is probably completely different from how you would document a bride and groom. So knowing this can prove to be a huge indicator of your style.
Where do you like to shoot?
Though this may not seem like a contributing factor to your style, it can play a role in the look and feel of your images. For example, I love shooting outdoors, preferably in a park, forest, or reserve. Somewhere beautiful and natural. But one of my good friends loves to shoot in grungy, dirty, dilapidated areas. The locations she likes to shoot, coupled with the grunge overlays she adds to her portraits, sets her style apart from my more natural, pretty, and soft artwork.
How do you like to shoot?
This is a two-fold question really. How you shoot can involve your equipment. Do you shoot digital or film? Natural light or strobes? All of these play into your style. Another way to look at this question is to determine if you prefer more traditional portraiture with heavy posing or more candid moments. These are two very different shooting styles, and they play a huge role in defining your style.
What moves you?
I’m sure you’ve looked at other photographers’ work. When you see an image that stirs your soul and makes your heart flutter, what is it you like about it? Are you drawn toward intimate moments? Maybe tight crops of eyes or thoughtful looks from kids leave you in awe. Maybe you love black and white imagery or maybe instead it’s richly colored images that leave you inspired.
Whatever it is that moves you and fills your soul with passion, that is the biggest part of your style. Learn it. Embrace it. Harness it. And then express it in your own work.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2014 04:41 PM PST
Experimenting with manual settings on your camera and snapping at just the right time can help capture effective street photos. Photojournalist and street photographer Antonio Olmos in this video, shares some tips on how he captures pictures while out and about on the streets of London:
Explaining how he only had a split second to photograph his chosen subject – a middle aged lady sitting in a moving bus with fancy shopping bag – and with limited light in his frame, he had to quickly adjust his exposure and snap the picture. “I got the picture I wanted, which was very nice,” he said with a smile.
Olmos goes on to say that he experiments with manual settings on location until he gets his desired exposure in his photos. He then starts taking photos, making notes as he goes along without worrying whether the pictures are perfect or not. Using manual settings up to 90% of the time, Olmos has a penchant for dark pictures and prefers to control every aspect of the photography process as much as he can.
Timing is also key in getting the shot you want. Olmos noted that street photographers need to think five seconds ahead and “see the picture coming” because of the fleeting nature of moments.
Having been photographing people for 20 years, Olmos dispenses wisdom about how to approach strangers to photograph. “If you tell them why you’re doing it, they will be quite happy …” he quipped. According to him, these strategies have helped him avoid any confrontations in his line of work. Also important, don’t be sneaky and don’t hide when shooting around corners. Instead, be obvious and be quick – sound advice for aspiring street photographers.
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Posted: 01 Jan 2014 10:46 AM PST
Just how unique are your photos? Is everyone taking the same pictures? From the looks of social media, it would seem that everything’s been done before. But some artists are finding creative ways of turning similar photographs into something new.
Using 852 different Instagram photos, each from a different photographer, Thomas Jullien created a stop motion film depicting an entire day, from sun up to sun down:
The crowd-sourced timelapse, called An Instagram Short Film, seems as if it were orchestrated ahead of time, each Instagram user being assigned a subject. But Jullien used photos that had already been posted to the photo sharing app. He sorted through countless photos to find just the right subjects and angles for his short film.
From a soccer match to the Sydney Opera House to selfies to cyclists to planes to fireworks, the similarities in Instagram users’ photos in the movie are a glimpse at the power of social media to bring the world together in new ways.
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