Today’s post is about style in photography.
There are many, many styles. And they are all very different.
For example, photojournalism (as I plan to be doing in Israel, see here) is very simple: no edits. Colour or, often. black and white. Flash is allowed, but other than that, it should look as it looked to the eye.
Photojournalism: from "IV - Intravenous", by Michael Willems, on 180mag.ca
Or there’s this; I would call this “Annie Leibowitz’s style”:
Then there’s the “amateur aesthetic”, made popular by Terry Richardson. Harsh light with a direct flash, overexposed a little:
Or business “annual report style”:
Or the natural soft light style we use with babies:
Or “desat”, very popular today:
Or my own “dramatic portrait lighting” style, which is an adaptation of earlier Dramatic Portrait techniques:
I could go on. There are almost as many techniques as there are photographers. Almost, not quite. And as a photographer you should be able to master any and all of them. “It’s just technique”, as a friend once said to me.
But it’s when we get beyond that that some of us are lucky enough to develop our own styles. My style is unique to me. And the last picture is a little more my style than the others are.
So the photographer who recently told me that my work was “wrong” and “it looks like your models are photoshopped in:” and “you must open the shutter for longer” is just plan incorrect. It’s my style, and it’s recognizable as my style, and you don’t need to like it. But if you do, great. Your style is yours. If others like it, good for you. If not, it can still be just fine, as long as you like it.
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