When you first fall in love with photography, chances are you will photograph everything. And if you decide to turn this passion of your into business, this is when you need to narrow it down. In this video, Scott Choucino of Tin House Studio talks about photography style and niche: what they are, why they are important, and how you can find yours.
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How to Find Your Style in Photography
Many of us are trying to find our “style” in our photography.
1. Photography style
But what exactly is “style”?
For me, “style” in photography is about consistency of subject-matter and consistency of aesthetic (how the photo looks).
For example, if you want to build a definite “style” in your photography — seek to work on a photo project, where you focus on a specific subject-matter. You can focus on a specific person (personal documentary), you can focus on a certain city (your own hometown), or you can focus on a certain social issue.
Why finding your photography style might be bad advice
I’m sure you have seen lots of articles advising you to find your photographic. These same articles probably also frequently encourage you not to copy other photographers. In fact, I’ve even shared videos and other articles on this website of this nature.
But there is a danger in trying to find your photography style too soon. And there’s also a temptation to try to rush the process, perhaps before you’re ready. In this article, I want to explain why I think that trying to find your photography style too soon may be bad advice for many people and could be holding you back.
It’s impossible to be unique, but here’s how to find your own style
You’ll often hear that it’s important to find your unique style if you want to be a successful photographer or filmmaker. But Matti Haapoja argues that being completely unique is impossible. In spite of it, he believes you can still develop your own style and be a successful creative. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Well, it actually makes sense, and Matti discusses some of the things you need to be aware of if you want to create a recognizable photography or filming style.
Don’t Choose A Unique Style: Finding Your Voice in a Noisy Room
For years, I battled choosing a niche and style. Everyone will tell you to pick a niche if you want to find success, but I was resistant. In hindsight, I realize it was because I hadn’t found the right niche. And I wouldn’t have found it by choosing, I found it by doing some of everything, and from that, realizing what I enjoyed most. So don’t pick it, just let it happen by accident.
The Secret, Misery And Bliss Of Finding Your Signature Photographic Style
Lindsay Adler is a New York Based photographer, author, educator, all round glamorous pro photographer celebrity and social influencer. Lindsay kindly penned this brilliant guide on how to find your own signature style and why it really is a critical part of being a successful professional photographer…
Here’s what happens when AI writes your photoshoot setup
Here at DIYP, we’ve had a lot of fun playing with ChatGPT and asking it all sorts of stuff. Udi asked it to make a PRD for a perfect mirrorless camera, with some interesting results. I recently started testing it for crochet patterns and I have yet to make some stuff from AI-generated instructions. But worry not, the articles are still 100% human-generated. :)
Photographer Gavin Hoey wanted to know if ChatGPT could write a video script in his own style and give him instructions for a photoshoot. In this fun video from Adorama TV, Gavin shows you what the chatbot came up with.
SLR Lounge’s Impossible Things wants to AI your Lightroom
In the last year or two, artificial intelligence has become the latest buzzword in the photography industry. From automatic background removal to full-on digital art creation, AI is changing the photography industry and creating new tools to help photographers in various aspects of their workflows.
A new AI photo editing company that recently entered the scene is Impossible Things, created by Lightroom preset makers, DVLOP, and photography educators, SLR Lounge. The AI claims to provide photographers with “an intuitive, powerful editing tool that enhances photos with speed, accuracy, and artistry.”
How to use your camera’s custom settings feature to speed up your shooting workflow
This is one of the most underused features of mirrorless cameras today – and many later DSLRs that came before them. We’re talking about the custom saved settings feature. These settings presets, usually accessible via the mode dial on top of your camera, allow you to instantly recall a set of saved settings whenever you need them. They’re massively helpful when regularly using your camera in different situations.
In this video, photographer Rick Bebbington walks us through how and why he sets them up on his Sony A7R IV mirrorless cameras. But Sony isn’t the only brand that offers such a feature. They all do. And when you’re regularly switching between different uses – like video vs stills, or regular shooting vs astrophotography or focus stacking for macro – they can save a lot of time in your workflow.
Watch: Five topics broken down to help you film yourself outside on location
When you start vlogging, one of the most difficult things to get used to is actually filming yourself. It’s a little ironic as it’s kind of the whole point but it presents unique challenges that you don’t usually think about when filming or photographing somebody else. Or rather, you think more about them when you’re filming somebody else but you’re on autopilot. When you’re filming yourself, you just forget they’re a thing.
It’s easy to figure out why, though. It’s an unusual workflow and those autopilot processes just don’t enter your mind. We’ve got too much on our minds without having to worry about all that stuff. But it’s stuff you need to worry about. So, here’s Jeven Dovey breaking down the five main topics you’ll want to think about when filming yourself on location.
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