Last year when I was out filming at the Westcott HQ in Ohio, USA, one of the videos we recorded was with regards to style and how you develop your own.
In a world where photography is now so much more accessible, having a unique and identifiable style is incredibly important because ultimately it means you are being hired for what you do as opposed to being hired because you’re cheaper than the photographer next door.
In the video I talk about ‘copying’ but what I mean here isn’t out and out copying of somebody elses work but rather looking at other work, reverse engineering it and trying to replicate. This is done purely to develop skill because what you’ll also find is that when you do try to ‘copy’ your own likes and dislikes which are in-built will actually influence you. Without you realising it you’ll make changes to suit what feels and looks right to you…this is your style coming out.
Anyway take a watch (it’s only a few minutes long) and I’d be really interested to hear what your thoughts on this are, so feel free to make use of the comments section below.