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.
Clark Terry was one of the world’s best jazz trumpet players and educators (I guess he could DO as well as TEACH… who knew). He is also well known for stating the artists creative cycle in three short words: Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate. He was speaking toward musicians, but I am a strong believer that it is also applicable for photographers, designers, illustrators, dragster drivers, authors, animal trainers.
In short – it is simply how creative people learn to do what they do.
Do you shoot with an “abundance” mental approach? Or is your choice to shoot from a mental state of “scarcity”?
It makes a difference, you know. It makes a difference in how you approach your subject matter. It makes a difference in the way you see the world. It can have a dynamic effect on your imagery, and on the work that you do in post.
Scarcity breeds contempt and anger, while abundance nurtures awareness and action.
Would you say you have a recognizable photographic style? Do you think it’s even important to have it? This is the topic I’ve been thinking about a lot, and in his recent video, Joe Edelman gives some fantastic points about it. He discusses the importance of having your style in photography, as well as various tips how to find it.
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…
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” —Leo Rosten
Financial success is a powerful motivator. And it controls the lives of many. It chooses occupations. It dictates how time, energy, and resources are spent. It influences relationships, schedules, and families. To some, it even becomes an all-consuming passion that leaves broken people and morality in its wake.
Unfortunately, it is not the greatest call we have on our lives. In fact, compared to significance, it fades quickly.
Consider the limitations of success:
I’ll admit, I love a good Jackie Chan movie. I think he is one of the only artists who can make Kung-Fu funny and painful at the same time.
One of Chan’s fighting trademarks is his ability to use everything and anything around him as combat tools and studio gear is no exception.
In this epic fight sequence from Armour of God: Chinese Zodiac Chan is running away into a studio while fending of a full gang of ‘bad guys’. The scene ends with the mandatory selfie. (Weirdly that studio uses light stands as tripods, but we will this one go…).
Developing your own signature style is a critical and integral part of becoming a photographer. InMyBag recently featured a pretty clever article about personal style which are sharing here.
Your style may flex a little to meet your client’s demands, but it should always be present to identify you.
Here’s 5 tips from the wonderfully stylish Brad Olson…