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How To Find Your Photography Style - Photographer Lara Jade shares her advice on finding your own style.
A photographer's vision is unique to every individual and something that a lot of us struggle to find, especially in the first few years. You can't doubt it; style is one of the most recognised parts of a portfolio and an individual trademark. Cohesive photographers are remembered and booked time and time again, their vision is trusted and you can automatically recognised that they love what they do.
So how do we go about this? Exactly how do we find our style? There is certainly not an easy answer or any magic trick but about continually trying to reach your goal as a photographer. The best photographers are constantly setting themselves new challenges, they are never accomplished - often critical in their own craft but this is what makes them masters of what they do. If you're on the path of trying to improve your style or you're just starting out you need to first ask yourself the question - where do you want to be? Where do you see yourself in a few years?
Here's a list of tips I've gathered from my own experience:
Tip 1Get out there and constantly shoot - you're gaining knowledge, experience and new contacts by doing this.
Tip 2Photograph what inspires you - you are going to shoot your best work when you enjoy what you're shooting and you're inspired by what is in front of your camera!
Tip 3Balance is good: don't just depend on the commercial jobs that come your way. Try and get a healthy balance of shooting personal work and commercial work to improve both of your portfolios - clients will always want to see what inspires you as an individual and not just because you complete the task at hand.
Tip 4Expand your knowledge - by doing workshops, tutorials and reaching out to other creatives in the industry.
Tip 5Challenge yourself - set yourself tasks you think that will challenge you as the photographer. Remember that confidence is key in the industry and by improving your knowledge you're automatically being more confident in the work you can complete!
Tip 6Use Social Media to extend your conversation: there's no doubt about it social media is the new conversation between huge companies and individuals alike. Companies are expanding their marketing to meet this 'new' media. By using online community websites and sharing your work you're giving your audience a free invitation to view your portfolio without stepping out of your door! It's also great for critique and to meet new contacts.
As a photographer wanting to share my knowledge and experience with others I have teamed up with Photographer Joey Lawrence to create a comprehensive photography tutorial DVD: 'Lara Jade Vs Joey L: Photographer Shoot Off'. ePHOTOzine will be reviewing the DVD soon. Keep checking the site to find out what we think of it. For now, click the link below to view the trailer.
Click the link for more information:www.larajadevsjoeyl.com
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