Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Since I got into photography I keep hearing people say how important it is to find your photography "style." I've been thinking about it more and more lately. What is my style? I saw a photographer recently describe herself as a "natural light lifestyle photographer." I thought, "oooh I like that!" I can use that explain my total lack of knowledge of studio lighting! I can just say "I'm a natural light photographer!" Perfect. And I really do prefer to only shoot in natural light.... But do my pictures have a style?
The more I learn about editing, the more different styles my pictures end up being. Sometimes I really like a soft vintage touch, and sometimes I think bold colors look best. But if I go back and forth, pictures from a session may look disjointed and not so uniform. Some of the pictures I took of my brother and his fiance on Sunday look awesome with a very slight vintage touch. But if I do it to one photo, do I have to do it to every photo in the session? More and more I'm leaning towards simple "clean" edits with just some lighting and sharpening fixes. But sometimes I see professional pictures with soft pink glows or crazy bold colors that I love. Do I need to pick one and stick to it to make my pictures show my style? If I do many different edits depending on the picture and shoot, will I lose a sense of "me" in my photos? These are just a few things I've been starting to think about lately whenever I go to edit a photo. Any thoughts on finding your photography style?
Here's one of the shots I took of my brother David and his fiance on their Mini Shoot on Sunday.
I kept the edit clean. I brightened it, ran Pioneer Woman's Boost action at about 30% opacity (which I can't help but do on almost every photo!) and I ran Coffee Shops Baby Powder Room to sharpen her eyes and smooth her skin bit.
Here it is side by side with the Straight Out Of Camera version.
I think a nice simple edit worked for this photo, but I bet there are tons of fun actions that would've done great things for it too!
More pics from this session coming soon!