Tip of the Day: Evolving Your Personal Style

As a photographer you have certain areas of photography that are your comfort zone. Whether you enjoy taking photos of your family around the house, flowers at the local park, or buildings in your town, you can evolve over time if you pay close attention to the details.

As a photographer you have certain areas of photography that are your comfort zone.  Digital cameras allow a very fast learning curve using the exif data and having the ability for instant feedback.  Use the conveniences of digital photography to your advantage and you will find yourself evolving into a better photographer.  Whether you enjoy taking photos of your family around the house, flowers at the local park, or buildings in your town, you can evolve over time if you pay close attention to the details.

The best way to tweak your style is to begin noticing what it is you like about other photographs. We all come across photos that make us stop and think, study those photos and try to decipher what it is about it that caught your attention.  What about those photographs are different from yours.  As we have established before background are a huge problem with a basic photo.  One of the best pieces of advice I have heard recently came from Chase Jarvis, take time to walk around using your eyes to take in the scene, considering it from all angles, consider what you really want to photograph.

Another idea came from sports photographers, who, during days of shooting film, use to challenge their friends to a friendly game of First Frame.  The first frame on their roll of film was the photo that went up against their opponents to see who got a better shot.  What this game did was force the photographer to watch the game for a little bit, pay close attention to angles, light, anticipate the action and then and only then make the photograph.  Slow yourself down, don’t take a photograph just because, make an image that you have put some thought and consideration into.  Just because your camera has a motor drive doesn’t mean you have to fill the buffer.  Once you have taken photographs, look over the exif data to see what you could change to improve on your original image. Taking your time, you will evolve into a better photographer and your images will be your proof.

—Melissa Macatee
 Contributing Blogger