How to Develop a Photographic Style

Developing a photographic style that is recognized by your peers is the holy grail of photography. Here are some tips on how you can find yours.

I remember very early on into my photographic journey that I could instantly spot an Annie Leibowitz image. There was something about her work that was very much her work. I was so jealous, as all I could muster up was the rule of thirds and the correct exposure. The actual content and style of the image was all over the place. 

Very early on, I set the goal of achieving a photographic style; sadly, to this day, it still trolls me somewhat. Nevertheless, there are some tips that I have picked up over the last decade that have certainly helped hone my style. 

In this video, I look at aspects that will help you create your very own look. None of them are really related to the techy side of photography, and I think this is where a lot of us fall into a bit of a trap.

However, with consistent shooting, I do believe that all of us can achieve a photographic style. A lot of it comes from finding your niche, really understanding who you are as a person and what your viewpoint is on the world, reading about the subject of photography, and most importantly, consistently shooting. A lot of photography is about constantly creating work until you get to the point where when presented with a scene, you know exactly how your image will be composed and shot, because due to your outlook on the world, your niche, and previous experiences, there will be no other option. And the great thing about photography is that if you line up 10 photographers, each of them will produce something unique. 

How did you find your photographic style?