How do you define your own style #4

Whilst listening to other people’s opinions on your work can be illuminating, you should remember that you are your own boss and your final say goes. (…) The question comes back to you: what do you want? A lesson that has been hammered home to me (…) is that you should truly shoot what you love.

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What do you want? & What do you love shooting?
Those must be the hardest questions to answer for me at this stage! There are so many things I want to experiment in photography before I can give answers to questions like that.

In the last 4 months I’ve been exploring a lot:
– I got a big technical insight with the course I did in the Summer,
– the 30 day challenge I made totally unlocked my creativity,
– I’m much more aware of what’s around me before I take a photo.

But, there are still many things I want to try out before I decide what to go for, such as:
– photographing people (I’m kind of uncomfortable with that),
– shooting a show (either music, dance, theater, something on stage),
– macro photography,
– taking pictures in a studio (and learn more about the use of light).

However I’m already sure of 3 things I love in photography:
* details
* keep it simple, because simple is good
* making daily life and common things look like something beautiful

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Photo theme: Fall / taken this Autumn

9 thoughts on “How do you define your own style #4”

  1. Wonderful post. As a beginner, I am trying to learn that simple is the best and details count! I haven’t attempted any post production so I am sure that I could make the everyday look even more beautiful.. though I am just not there yet as I know it will take up alot of time to focus on learning a new Software program. I love the quote about shooting what you love. I love shooting streetscapes. i don’t know why – they just seem to say so much in one visual. Photographing people is tricky! Even from a distance 🙂 Congrats on completing the 30 day challenge too!

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    1. Thanks! You should try to explore editing some of your photos – you will be amazed by how much “lost information” you can bring back to the photo. It’s not that hard to learn through trial and error. You can also watch videos of people editing their photos to see how they do it. 😉

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    2. Actually a lot more than just cropping, things like color saturation, sharpness, white balance, even exposure, … There’s a lot of aspects you can tweak! Here’s a video with an example 😉

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    3. Oh Ines – now I understand and yes, I am definitely not there yet with editing. It’s taking me a while (it’s only been 2 months though) to know how to even work a DSLR!! Thank you for the video – I will check it out and keep you posted. It’s a steep learning curve for me!

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  2. I am so with you on keeping it simple, details and making the most common thing something worth remembering. It takes practice and more practice for one to see what it is that we are automatically drawn to. I do enjoy working with people, and I like keeping it simple when editing, but the more I learn the more my style changes in this area too, so who knows, what we like now, might be different later as we continue to learn.

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    1. You bring to my attention a very interesting point of view: the more we learn the more our style changes. Thank you!

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    1. I am indeed 😀 I always loved photography, but never dedicated so much time to it as now.

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