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A question of Style


Sooty_1 5 1.4k 216 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 10:22PM
Sine waves aren't wild, they have an exact periodicity and amplitude, otherwise the values of sin and cosine would vary !

Tongue

Nick

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keithh Plus
11 24.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
5 Feb 2013 11:21PM
Dead thread.
6 Feb 2013 12:23AM

Quote:
so to open the discussion....

in 2013 - is style created in camera, or in post ?



Both, although not always combined

Over the years people have said i have a certain style of photography. Mostly that i shoot from low angles and include vast dramatic skies (when it comes to landscapes and/or some model shoots), but that drama is seen in my digital artwork and studio shoots. I also shoot with square formats in mind for 99% of my images that people who follow my work see that coming through regardless of the subject (or medium for that matter as its the same for my drawing and painting.

Style is just an expression of who you are. It finds you as much as you find it. Its like an accent i guess
arhb Plus
8 2.7k 68 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 10:44AM
Brightonian has quite a unique style, which I realise is post-produced,
but which also would have looked stylised straight out of camera.
ade_mcfade Plus
11 15.2k 216 England
6 Feb 2013 11:52AM
RAW files are pretty dull so there's obviously some processing needed... even the position of the basic sliders in lighroom can hint at who's a shot is.

remember Andytvcams.... so incredibly dark

there's loads really... culturedcanvas got on the strobist tip quite fast and created a distinctive look.

best go earn some money... photographing doors.... love it... make a door look sexy... Wink
capto Plus
3 2.7k 7 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 12:43PM
Style? I've no idea, maybe it's what others see in your work. I think I'm condemed to always be a Jack and never a Master. But I enjoy it.
DeLone 6 5
11 Feb 2013 7:14PM
Every person has a style, whatever you do. People get influenced by themselves and of course by others. Most people get more influenced by others and a few more by themselves. The ones who get influenced more by themselves have a personal style and the risk in having that kind of style is to get predictable. I like the works of Erwin Olaf but lately I find his work too predictable and I know it isn't fair to say because the man is a master. Style can kill you and that's a shame. I mean David Bowie is a master but hearing 1.000 songs of him is a bit of a bore. People expect you to change and look for other ways, but that means you'll have to let go a piece of your personality. It's all very contra.
(excuse me for my bad english, I am just a guy from Holland)
RogBrown 8 3.0k 10 England
11 Feb 2013 8:41PM

Quote:(excuse me for my bad english, I am just a guy from Holland)

It's a lot better than some of the English guys on here. Wink
11 Feb 2013 8:44PM

Quote:(excuse me for my bad english, I am just a guy from Holland)


And it's miles better than my DutchSmile
Nick_w Plus
8 4.2k 99 England
11 Feb 2013 9:06PM

Quote:Style can kill you and that's a shame. I mean David Bowie is a master but hearing 1.000 songs of him is a bit of a bore. People expect you to change and look for other ways, but that means you'll have to let go a piece of your personality


English may not be your first language Ruadh, but some of the best words in the forums. What made the early Bowie great, was the constant reinvention - your right since the early eighties he became predictable. Erwin Olaf is just outstanding, and I can see his influence in your early works - I would also hazard a guess you are probably more influenced by the great artists from your country, than other photographers. For me your work oscillates from those that I think are brilliant, to those I dislike - that's not a criticism - far from it, at least you push boundaries.

The point about showing a piece of your personality, says it all- but how many are prepared to do that?
DeLone 6 5
11 Feb 2013 9:33PM
Well, thanks for the positive reactions on my dutch 'english'. Nick, your last sentence is a good question. I believe it is indeed a mater of being prepared to show something personal. One does not only need the will to do that but also the ability. It has all to do with being free and able to feel freedom within yourself. I guess you'll have to be a black sheep to feel that way and I also think that the nature of creativity is freedom. Every photographer, painter, musician or whatever else you may be in the creative fields should be aware of that nature. There are no boundaries within creation. It's the ultimate way to stay in conatct with your deepest self.
Nick_w Plus
8 4.2k 99 England
12 Feb 2013 12:17AM
It's great to see you contributing Ruadh. Yes you need the ability, but without the will... You need both. I see many images both here and elsewhere, that are good, but rarely transcend the barrier to been great. Too many I fear fear rejection. Like in sport, the great teams are prepared to lose to gain the big prize (as opposed to fearing losing). Which was my point about your work you love or dislike it, there's in middle ground, now that is what I like in an artist.
ade_mcfade Plus
11 15.2k 216 England
13 Feb 2013 2:08PM

Quote:Well, thanks for the positive reactions on my dutch 'english'. Nick, your last sentence is a good question. I believe it is indeed a mater of being prepared to show something personal. One does not only need the will to do that but also the ability. It has all to do with being free and able to feel freedom within yourself. I guess you'll have to be a black sheep to feel that way and I also think that the nature of creativity is freedom. Every photographer, painter, musician or whatever else you may be in the creative fields should be aware of that nature. There are no boundaries within creation. It's the ultimate way to stay in conatct with your deepest self.


I think I understand and I think I agree Wink

would "do your own thing" sum it up?

the point about "the will" - I'm not entirely clear on what this was hinting. Are we saying that "without the will" people are conforming to what is popular/acceptable? Genuine question, as I've read it over and over and not really sure what it means...

I've got a friend who does hypnosis professionally (for personal development) and he uses vague language to achieve trance - just reads a bit like that, which is not a bad thing, it just means I can interpret in many ways... which may not be your intention Smile
keithh Plus
11 24.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Feb 2013 3:43PM
You can change styles, you can tweak styles but you can't lose a signature and its that which people often confuse with 'style'. It might be a particular tone, subject, a form of presentation. When people say "I knew it was yours," what they are recognising is often your signatures rather than a style.

I've seen people on the subject of style start talking about subject.......that's signature not style.
DeLone 6 5
13 Feb 2013 3:53PM
I meant by 'will' the total commitment to a thing called photography. There are lots of people who make photographs and there are those who eat, sleep, drink, live photography. When you have that kind of absolute commitment your work will get a certain personality or indeed style (keithh has some clecer words written about it).

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