on vision and style
Lots of questions coming in from people about vision and style.
Very few photographers know where to start. Here’s the million dollar secret, are you ready? —-And it’s free—-
It all starts with your vision; your own unique way of seeing things. It takes a while to develop; it takes work, lots of it.
Where does your vision come from? It comes from your passion in life.
What do you love?
What do you like to do?
What type of people do you hang out with?
It all begins here.
After you figure out your passion you need to apply it to your personal vision. Your personal vision is your way of seeing things; type of subjects, camera position, lighting, post process and colors used. They all need to work together and flow from image to image.
Here are some photographers whose work I feel has a definitive vision and style:
A must read on this topic is Selina Maitreya’s book Portfolios That Sell. In the book she gives you tips and steps toward finding your own unique vision and style.
Better yet- Hire her. She’s a phenomenal talent and a wonderful person to work with. She’ll help get you to the level you want to be at.
A great quote I found over at AVS that kind of sums it up nicely:
“Here’s the dilemma and the strength of photography. It’s the easiest medium in which to be competent. But, it’s the hardest medium in which to have personal vision that is readily identifiable.” – Chuck Close