How do you define your photography style?

Updated on June 3, 2017 in Photography
27 on May 24, 2017

I’s love to know how you would describe your photography style. When did you find, develop or recognise you finally had one?

I’ll go first:

Photography process

  • Portable (only use what I could carry)
  • Anywhere (be able to take a photo anywhere)
  • Anything (be able to take a photo of anything)
  • Available light (no lighting gear)
  • Minimal (one camera, one lens, one film/preset)
  • Identifiable (have a consistent style)

Photography gear

  • One camera (Leica M)
  • One lens (50mm Summilux)
  • One film/preset (Kodak Tri-X 400)
  • Lightmeter
  • ND filter (no tripod)

 

 
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1 on May 24, 2017

Hey Alan — is that you?

For me, I describe my style as philosophical — I make photos to understand myself and the world.

And ABWATSON (think that is you Alan) — how would you describe your style?

on May 24, 2017

Hey Eric my name name is A.B Watson, I’m a photographer from New Zealand. I would say my style is minimalistic black and white – I make photos because they bring me closer to Zen. As above is my photographic process to reach my style 🙂

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0 on May 24, 2017

Maybe I can define it by this aspects

  1. As a personal diary
  2. Anthropological
  3. Subjective

I recently use a point and shoot camera only, shoot in “P mode”: Only JPG. Editing with Lightoom, mainly in Color, sometimes black and white.

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0 on May 24, 2017

I’m definitely a beginner but the more I shoot the more I realize that my style is simply the way that I see the world. I try to capture things that interest me and help people see normal aspects of life in more interesting ways. I only have the original Fuji X100, but I try my best and I think that’s what makes shooting so fulfilling- knowing you’ve done your best.

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0 on May 24, 2017

If i have to describe my style, it would be psychological; as a mean to connect to other people and everything that revolves around us.

As for my workflow, i keep it quite simple.
em10 mark ii with either 25mm 1.8 or 45mm 1.8 (50mm and 90mm equivalent) – jpegs transfer via wifi – lightroom mobile.

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1 on May 24, 2017

My style is a combination of People Photography with street photography with documentary photography. I like to take photos of people, but they have to be unaware that i am taking the photo, and after the photo if possible i like to talk to them to get to know their philosophy of life and a bit of life, to me a photo is better if it goes with a story of the subject photographed.

 

on May 31, 2017

I couldnt agree more. I love photo stories. Either a set of images that all lead up to a beginning and an end or a story to go along with a single image.

Personally i have not found my style yet. However, i plan to build an entire portfolio of only black and white street photos. I am very inspired by Thomas Leuthard and Danny Santos.

Thomas for his ability to sit and wait for a reaction and then he takes the photo. Danny for his way of telling the story behind the image.

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1 on May 24, 2017

My images are heavily influenced by comic books and movies or to make it sound a bit more serious, let’s say sequential art 😉 

It was pointed out by a gallery curator in Sydney. I generally leave ‘my style’ part to people who looks at my images. I just make images which appeal to me. It is pretty cyclical I guess.

My gear is Fujifilm X70 in Australia and Fujifilm X100 when travelling. 

on May 25, 2017

That sounds very interesting… where could I see some of your work, AC? Greetings Thorsten

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0 on May 24, 2017

My style of photography is random and chaotic. I will see shadows and become drawn to it. Other times it is busy colors and lots of stuff filling the frame. I have recently switched to all color. I use a Leica M240 with 50mm summicron or Zeiss 35, shooting in jpeg, or if I’m shooting at night or in close quarters I’ll shoot with my Ricoh GR II.

My style evolves. As I learn more and come to appreciate different artists it influences my photography. I recognized the pattern about my style sometime last year.

My workflow is pretty simple, I don’t do much post processing of digital images. I try and set my camera up to shoot the way I like my photos to look. My film scans I will typically process for consistency.

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0 on May 24, 2017

I would say my style is emotional. I want the subjects in my photos to transcend and connect with the viewer, as they did with me. Usually I photograph things that I have connected with in some way.

I primarily use Ricoh GR, but sometimes Sony a7ii with a Voigtlander 35mm 1.4.

Some of my favorites are Richard Kalvar, Mary Ellen Mark and Julia Dean.

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0 on May 24, 2017

SWIM

Shoot What Interest Me

Street, b/w chiseled noir where the image leaves the eye to search for meaning.

 

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1 on May 25, 2017

Hi all. 

I think it’ s really hard to define my photography style. But I’m able (maybe) to say why I take photographs and what is for me the photography. Photography for me is a kind of lifestyle. Is my sixth sense, is an extra channel to perceive what surrounds me. I also use the photography to tell my stories, my emotion and to tear the brains of others trying to show my point of view and things that are sometimes not visible.

About my gear: i really don’t care about the camera. I just use light and small cameras. I shoot digital. Normally I use the light i have, but sometime (in portrait and event) i use flash. The I use flash I like to use only one light and a little mini soft box. I use more color than B & W but I like both.

What else …. 

a::t

on May 25, 2017

I just point the camera and shoot when I see something I want to capture. It’s always instant and you never know what you are going to get which is why street photography is so much fun! 
Sometimes I just shoot from the hip and hope I get something. In most cases these have been my favorite shots.

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0 on May 25, 2017

Hello world,

I shot mainly in B&W on a square format with a light digital camera with no flash or any gear. 

I’m in search of God in people’s eyes. That’s it.

Love

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1 on May 25, 2017

I’m not sure that I have a style yet, but over time I hope to see one emerge. I think essentially style is innate. As much as you try to take pictures like someone else, you will always be taking pictures as yourself.

on May 25, 2017

Hey stevery — what do you think is your innate style?

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2 on May 25, 2017

I wouldn’t say I have a style, and I shoot with whats to hand of things I see at the time. I’ve settled on an x100f as my main ‘always with me camera’ having borrowed my partners Canon 60D and invested in some proper glass, for a couple of years while getting back into things or making do with an iPhone 5s. I wanted to try some 35mm film and am very pleased my 17 yo Canon Eos 300 will ‘talk’ to the newer lenses.

on May 25, 2017

Hi Dicky; why are you interested in 35mm film?

on May 25, 2017

My un-rational self says ‘because I can’t let go…’ – my more rational self says where I live, there’s not much street, but lots of landscape and full frame 35mm and good SLR glass I believe can outshoot the APS x100f and 60D. Then there is my inner fight of Lightroom slider wiggling / film simulation vs mainstream or Lomography film as real ‘art’. But’s that’s a whole other post!

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0 on May 25, 2017

😉

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0 on May 25, 2017

I really liked Eric’s idea of personal photography, and that’s mostly what I shoot now. I shoot photos of my girlfriend every time we go out, and I’m currently making a book of the first year of our relationship in photos. I shoot my friends when we go out skating, though it’s more photojournalistic style; I’m not as into the fisheye skate photography anymore. I just like to document my daily life as much as possible in order to preserve those memories. I try to keep my photos simple as much as possible. 

I have way too many cameras, and I use my Ricoh GRii (bought based of Eric’s review) and Nikon FM2n almost exclusively. The GRii is with me at all times, and the Nikon comes out when I go skate or go out with the sole intention of shooting photos (though the ricoh is still there).  I’ve been using Kentmere films in my Nikon, and the Ricoh is set to P mode at ISO 800 during the day and 1600 all other times; again, going off what Eric’s recommended and it’s working great!

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0 on May 31, 2017

Asking me what my photography style is is like asking me what is my favourite music, wine or food.  For me it depends on how I feel at the time, so you could say I am influenced by emotion. Street, documentary and photo journalism interest me the most but I enjoy capturing natural landscapes while hiking and urban cityscapes while wandering towns and cities. I work with both colour and black and white in natural light.

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0 on May 31, 2017

i don’t have a style and i don’t want to be nailed on a style ,,,style is that what other’s make of your work ,,,when you are dead . I am a free mind ,,,i have no style ,,,i am alive ! ;D

 

Greetz Joannis 

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1 on May 31, 2017

Hallo Everybody,
to define my style is difficult, it is changing throughout the years. It always depends on my moods, interests, philosophical views………..
Currently I am into street, travel,….but I also try to approach the Japanese principle of Wabi Sabi in some of my works (it is a small project on the side line).
Greetings, Martin

on June 3, 2017

It is hard to say what my photography style is. Most of all I like walking around in the streets and try to capture spontaneously what is happening around me. I love the interaction with people and in the best case I try to shoot a picture story of people who enjoy the moment with me just as much as I do with them. What I also love about taking pictures, I wouldn’t consider this as a “style”, is to forget about myself and be absorbed by the “moment”.

I am still very much a beginner, though and I have no special gear and no special skills.

 

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