Visit http://www.imagemaven.com for more photo tips and a free e-course on digital camera menus and how to set them up. After you've mastered the technical know how of your camera and your photo editing software, you might be looking at ways to make your photos more interesting and creative.
In this video I'm going to discuss taking photo walks to find and develop your own unique photographic shooting style.
This is what my designer friend Siita has to say on the topic:
"Style is all about feeling great in your own skin. For many unique style is just beginning to develop. It's found by expressing yourself -- Defining what you feel, the way you look at the world, what you think and contribute.
And the good thing is .. Style improves with age -- Constantly bubbling up from a well of inner confidence. Style doesn't need permission! Doesn't seek approval to exist. Style builds in bankable layers -- As it's expressed we gain confidence, openness and all sorts of fun in life!
Style is your answer to feeling content while achieving your goals.
Siita's handy hint!
Dig deep find your style, work on it until the layers start to build. Then step out in style -- express yourself with confidence. Build your uniqueness from deep within."
One idea on how to develop your inner style or funkiness is to go on a photo walk with a focused intention, be that to capture something that extends you, gets you noticed, gets you responding, makes you happy. Anyone can take ordinary photos. You need to take extra-ordinary ones. To make it easier, find a really interesting location to do a photo walk in.
Work the scene
* Forget the place itself
* Instead, focus on a word and try to shoot things that describe that word - ie warm, sharp, smooth, hard, happy, orange, blue, the number 7.
* Every time you see that word, literally or metaphorically, make an extraordinary photo of it.
* Concentrate on composition
* Concentrate on light
* Concentrate on colour
* Shoot at different angles than you normally would
* Get close to the surface of your subject
* Really describe it in photos
* Feel it
When you get home look at your photos and really see if they describe the word or concept that you chose. See what works compositionally, technically and emotionally.
Go out again on another day and repeat the process. After a while you will start to see your style emerge. It may change over time and grow with you as an artist.
There are many ways to develop your style. Find yours.