Visual Style

Women Swimining in Brighton Seafront, Near the Brighton Pier, East Sussex, UK

I believe it is of great importance to find your own visual style in your photography so that you can refine it with precision. 

In order to achieve this quest, you will need to revise your old and new work to realize the evolution of style through your images. 

To put your own work in the spotlight is not an easy task, however it can be a very good and educational one as you would need to critique and recognise:

a) Where is your photographic style coming from? Who are your influences? What is it that you were passionate about to take one direction or another one in terms of the style you were showing?

b) Where do you think your style is now?  Try to be as honest as you can be to yourself.  Don’t just copy and don’t be afraid to label your work in a particular category, there is nothing wrong with that! It will also help you to identify and develop your vision. 

c) Last but not least, ask yourself where is your style going to and where do you want it to be. Define your goals clearly and start creating it.

It is always interesting to revisit old photographs and realize how your opinion of those images change with time. For example looking at my best jobs in the past, I now find some of them just not good enough. As well as the complete opposite, finding images that I once considered useless now appear to me as great results.

To achieve the “ultimate” visual style you need to develop the characteristics that make your images unique. Make the decisions you need to create those moments where you feel more positive and inspired in what you are doing.  Don’t overanalyze the outcome, whether it will be a success or a failure, just enjoy doing it, forget your insecurities because in the end that is what photography is about…to have fun!

About the Author

Miguel is a freelance photographer and educator based in Brighton, who has travelled taking pictures all round the world. With more than 20 years of experience in photography he has the skills and passion about this craft to share the knowledge, advice and help you need. He teaches beginners, amateurs and professionals. Working at your own level and pace you will benefit from a personalised tuition either in a small group tour or in a one-to-one session. From getting to know how to control your camera’s settings to improving your compositions or to get a new and inspiring approach to your work he will help you to communicate visually in an efficient and enjoyable way through a creative and practical system.

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  1. Sildenafil says:

    Hello! Cool post, amazing!!!

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