Uniqueness in photography is one of my favorite topics, especially because in today’s world we have Instagram and so many impressions of different photography styles, it’s pretty easy to compare yourself and get lost in all of this. I struggle with this myself, so don’t feel bad we’re all in this together. I want to state that in this blog post I’m manly referring to nature and landscape photography, because that’s the type of photography I do. If i’m looking for inspiration, it’s sometimes just so overwhelming, to even just rationally look at another’s persons picture, because i get tempted to replicate some version of their picture. Especially if it’s an awesome place which just naturally makes up for good pictures.
Yes you could argue to take a picture of that specific place with your own style and it will look really different from the other pictures, but i think that’s the wrong approach. I think most of the time it has to do with laziness and how much effort are you willing to put into your photography. If you strive for total uniqueness, i think it’s much more than just how you grade your photo different.
That’s why i will give you 5 tips on how to find your own style.
1. Stop looking for unique places on instagram and start to look for unique places in hiking or travel forums online or buy a book about an specific are of the world you like. Or simply discover around the area you live.
There are so many cool people who share about hidden gems and cool places in forums. Books are also an awesome place to find cool places, because people who write books have mostly cool stories and places they’ve been to. Where you live is where you find the most surprising places.
2. Stop spending time on instagram and go outside and start shooting! (Obvious point, duh!)
Spending time on our phones will not get you far, it’s important you’re outside and actually shoot, shoot and shoot again. Only by doing you will find your own true style.
3. Start with the gear you have, don’t think you have to get all the fancy gear first. It’s the person behind the camera who has all the imagination and vision not the camera.
Your gear and camera is only a tool! I know certain things can only be done with certain gear, i get it! Hear me out, 90% I’m running around with one camera and one lens, that’s it! I force myself to go out and take the picture imagine with the gear i have at hand. Most of the time the weather is the biggest factor to get the shot i imagine anyway, gear is secondary.
4. You are unique, don’t copy others, ask yourself what sort of picture do i like, imagine it and take it.
What i mean by that is all of us are unique by nature which means we all think different, feel different and see different. With your eyes you see things in life other people would completely miss because they pay attention to different things than you do. Use this to your advantage, because it’s your biggest strength. Don’t adapt your photos to other peoples photos, adapt your photos to your vision and imagination.
5. Spend time with other creatives.
This last point is one of the most important tips in my opinion. Because by spending time with other artistic and creative people your creativity and motivation will be elevated to another level. Discussions you have with other creatives will expand your horizon and knowledge of things. A few simple tips to learn the most while spending time with other creatives. Don’t judge art just look at it and try to see what story the creator wants to tell. Art is always something you can’t measure and will be seen as good or bad rated by the taste of the spectators eyes. Stay humble and listen to what others have to say, don’t explain yourself if some corrects you or gives you an advice, the only exception is if you were corrected in an way that was not honoring. Honor other people and what they do, spending time in the wilderness will sometimes cost you a lot of nerves and you will be tired spending all of these hours exploring, don’t let that get the best of you, believe me it will help you to honor other people even if you don’t feel like it! Don’t be insecure, your work is good enough, don’t let insecurities come between you and what you love.
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