Hell, you can even rock it with photographing the ants! Seriously.
I mean see below one of Andrey Pavlov’s work:
How crazy is that!?
Not all markets are the same, and not every niche will sound appealing to you. So be careful before selecting one. The goals you choose depend on it.
Defining your style becomes more feasible when you’re more connected with your goals. Which means you need to set them according to your long-term vision.
And feel confident with the ones you choose.
Tip #2:Find Inspiration, But Don’t Copy (Duh!)
Let’s face it:
Your photography style is yours.
Nobody can copy the essence of it, no matter how hard they try. They can never ever be the original. Which is exactly why you should avoid copying someone else’s style.
It simply won’t serve the purpose.
A copy will always remain a copy. It’ll lack the required depth. There’ll always be that “something is missing” feel to it. So yes, copying is without a doubt a bad idea.
But seeking inspiration?
Now, that’s something you can and should always try to do, especially when you’re starting out.
When you see one’s approach to photographing things (could be your favorite photographer or your next door neighbor) and instantly connect with it, take an idea from it. And blend it with your own ideas.
Instead of directly lifting off what they are doing, make it a part of your photography’s DNA.
You can enhance your style by adding more to it with the right amount of inspiration. Whether it’s how they blur the background, the way they use the flare lens or simply what they do with the lighting.
Find out what strikes you about their style and then use that particular element.
Inspiration is all you need.
Not so much.
Tip #3:Practice Every Single Day. For Real.
Photography is all about practice.
Every successful photographer will tell you that.
The more photos you tae, the easier it will be for you to discover a style that resonates with you. You’ll find that the right one comes out on its own if you simply try to use your camera more often.
You need to get into the habit of shooting at least one image day in and day out. That’s the only way to give your mind the space to identify an interesting photo-genre.
There are 365 days in a year.
Imagine what would happen if you clicked at least 365 photos over the year without fail. It may take only a few months before your efforts start getting rewarded.
But you’ll end up finding a style that is truly yours.
When you’re shooting on a regular basis, you’ll automatically see your shots leaning to one particular direction. That is your own, that nobody else has.
I agree, it’s not easy to find the courage and passion to shoot in your own style, but it’ll be totally worth it once you find it.
All you need to stop trying to do what everybody is doing, and focus on being your real self.
Having a role model is good, but not at the expense of your originality.
Also, you don’t have to follow the norm as a photographer. Some rules are good, but not all of them. Go break them if it makes you a better photographer.