If you type in the word “unique” on Google, it’ll tell you that unique is “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else”. As a photographer, creating a style that is uniquely your own is pretty important. It gives you a chance to express yourself through your art, and it allows viewers to see through your eyes. Unfortunately, figuring out your style doesn’t come to you over night. However, with lots of practice, passion, and the strength to believe in yourself, finding a unique style will come naturally to you.
Firstly, to help yourself find your unique style, you should practice as often as you can. Force yourself to get out there and shoot, shoot, shoot! You should always be thinking creatively and not afraid to try new angles. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back to see things from a different perspective. It’s also important to take the time to learn the manual settings of your camera. That gives you complete control over the shot you’re trying to create. Once you’ve mastered the settings of your camera, and trained your eye to see everything through your viewfinder, you’ll be able to compose some great shots that you should be proud of, and the viewer will enjoy as well.
Equally important, you should be passionate about the art that you’re creating. You’ll learn to love light and see what light does to even the most ordinary subject. An English painter named John Constable once said, “There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” So be passionate and take the time to see the beauty around you and within you. Bring that passion into your photographs and you’ll find what kind of photography you love doing most.
Additionally, you need to believe in yourself! If you lack a belief in yourself, it won’t matter what dreams you have. Nothing can get accomplished if you think that you can’t do something. Don’t ever put yourself down. You must be positive and remind yourself that you can do anything your heart desires. If you make a mistake, who cares! Keep trying until you’re satisfied. In the end, you should be proud of yourself for pushing your limits and seeing where your creativity can take you. Show the world what you’re made of and make people see what you see.
In summary, creating a unique style of your own shouldn’t be a challenge. It may take some patience and hard work but you’ll be extremely happy with the end results. So get out there and photograph anything and everything! Don’t be afraid to try new things and be confident in your abilities as an artist. Remember, too, that there is no other you, so that alone makes you unique!
By Guest Blogger, Daniele Lonning