Photographic Style: Should You Really Be Searching For It?
In our quest for a personal photographic style, are we headed down a fruitless path? Perhaps our hunt is counterproductive as our style is ingrained in us already.READ MORE
Imitation: Flattery and Self Evolution
A personal photographic style is what sets your photos apart from other photographers. A personal style is what we are all struggling to achieve. Which is amusing as it’s the one thing that occurs naturally. Your personal style is a nice mixture of your experience, subjects you love and the works of others that you admire. And it’s constantly evolving. Imitation is the best flattery, and you can learn a lot and evolve by mimicking the works of others. I’m touching on a very sensitive subject here. There is a fine line between copying a style and imitating a style, and it’s a difficult line to definitively draw. In my opinion, copying is when you flat out throw your own experiences and your own techniques to completely and blatantly recreate another artist’s style. We don’t want to copy. Never mind the bad karma and the potential for legal repercussions. Copying does not help you evolve as a photographer. What we want is to evolve. Mimicking another person’s style – which requires you blending a bit of their style in with all of your style – is one way to evolve. There’s nothing wrong with mimicking a style. Personally, I often try to incorporate elements […]READ MORE