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Old 12-04-2008, 08:30   #1 (permalink)
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What defines your photographic style?

Or don't you have a particular style?

I've joined here because I want to start taking photos that are different to my usual 'stuff'. I'd noticed when I lurked in the gallery pre-registration that lots of people obviously take time to set up their photos (if it takes me more than 15 seconds, it's a miracle - I have a very low boredom threshold!)

So what is your style/signature/USP? I don't necessarily mean genre, although I guess that comes into it to a certain extent, but more like a personal watermark, IYKWIM
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

i think genre has to come into it to a certain degree, even if our approach as a photographer is not intended to be governed by a genre, the viewer will always do that for us, so i think the best way to answer the question, (which is a good one by the way) in my case i am still doing my photography degree, so if im honest my style has not totally been found yet, as im still discovering some wonderful things, my approach to a brief tends to be to absorb for a day or so if thats possible, then research, then i plan, this tends to be web based then visiting locations etc, then i recap the brief and do the shoot. for me photography is 90% prep and the rest is the camera work, dont get me going on how much time i spend in the darkroom and on the computer. lol
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:18   #3 (permalink)
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

I think you need to have different styles depending on what you want to achieve. I have spent two hours standing in one spot waiting to get the 'right picture' and at other times I am wandering around in 'point and shoot' mode where I doubt I even spend 5 seconds composing and shooting the picture.

For me the key lies in deciding what kind of photography I am going to do today. Am I doing slow-paced landscapes, or fast-paced candid photography? Is it a formal portrait shoot or maybe the target is macro in which case lighting will play a part.

Unless you choose only to take one type of photograph then I think you need as many styles as you can.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:38   #4 (permalink)
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

hmmm very good question, I like yourself have a very low threshold on boredom, so i absolutely cant stand things like macro and indoor photography, things where i have to drag out the light tent and set up the light....... i guess it would be different if i had a room i could leave things set up in tho....
anyhooo..... my favourite style/ subject as many know on here is buildings, the older and more ruined the better and i adore mono shots but thats in the PP stage.
buildings dont move...... dont argue. dont answer back and generally are still there if u have to go back for a reshoot! lol
I am kinds getting a little bit more of a taste for shooting people but we shall see how that goes......
Wildlife....... i would like to do well... but i have a wee problem......if it breathes it will move and if its small enough for macro i will move...........
doesnt really answer your question or does it?

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Old 12-04-2008, 14:41   #5 (permalink)
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

LOL I'm glad its not just me with the boredom threashold, I stopped doing watercolours and drawings because they took too long, where as with photographs its almost instant.
Deffinately in the reportage style camp, photos of whats there rather than taking time to set things up however I have learnt that I need to take time to do this especially now I have clients to consider. Its actually a good thing for me to spend time doing macros and setting up portraits keeps a control on the butterfly mind .
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

Without trying to sound pretentious, I like to try and give my subject a bit of elegance and grace... unfortunately I rarely achieve that.
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

So you really should be called Quickeye!

But seriously, I think as you get into photography, you start to want more from your shots, you learn about how you can achieve what you want and then take the time to put it into practice.

I'm at the wanting more from my shots stage, which is why I've joined a site like this one.
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Re: What defines your photographic style?

Errrm, men in lycra Seriously though I do try to think before I shoot. I will drive round a cycling course a few times, to get the right place, no road furniture in shot, nice backdrop and light where I want it and then do a few test shots etc before the race starts. I can be a bit of a perfectionist and am really picky with my shots, but so is my husband and son, they pick at my shots as well. So just keeping striving I guess.
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