So now that we have our photography equipment, let’s chat photography style! Having your own photography style is key, but not something that happens overnight. It takes practice and research and at times can be incredibly frustrating! It also means having a good sense of your environment and how to make the best use of it.
What do we mean by photography style? You know when you see an image and you know exactly who took it? That is the goal. It’s not always possible (and things like adding branded text can help), but as a food photographer, nothing makes me happier than when someone can identify one of my recipes without even knowing I took the shot!
It also helps keep a consistent look to your blog similar to what we talked about in our Instagram post regarding your feed.
So how do you find your photography style?
1. Start researching! Check out some of your favorite blogs, bloggers and instagrammers and see what kind of work they’re producing. Of course, we don’t want you copying but it can give you a good sense of light, angles and different equipment they may be using. It can also help with understanding positioning, when some of the more technical terms of photography (I’m looking at you Rule of Thirds..) just stump you. I like pinning images I love or adding bloggers to a bloglovin account so I can stay up-to-date on what they’re producing.
2. Use your environment– Do you live in a treehouse that gets virtually no light? You may want to focus on getting moodier images. Do you have big bay windows with lots of light? Hello cottage morning chic! There are many ways to manipulate your environment to your liking, but start with what you have. If it really isn’t working, you can always invest in artificial lighting.
I always laugh when I describe my photography set-up to people (a post on this coming this week!) because it is so hack. You don’t need a lot, you just need to learn how to use your environment. And yes, sometimes that means hanging bedsheets off your curtains!
3. Know your angles– I’m someone who likes to get up-close-and-personal with my food so my shots tend to be pretty cropped in. But maybe you like things overhead or far away. Everyone has a preference, so move your body, rent some lenses and play around with angles until you master the ones you love! Don’t be afraid to use and reuse. I tend to use the same 4 or 5 angles for my posts. It helps make the shoots seamless even if it may be a little boring.
4. There’s always filters!- Just like Instagram, you can always filter your images in programs like Photoshop or Lightroom. For Photoshop, you can download additional “actions” to add an effect and in Lightroom there’s presets. I don’t personally use these, but I love when certain photographers I follow use a consistent filter. It helps in always identifying their images!
5. Practice Practice Practice! This pretty much goes without saying. You won’t find your style until you practice A LOT. If you want a good laugh, here’s a link to my first post on THM. This is where I started 3 years ago. It took years of practice and hard work to get to where I’m at. I would take 800000 pictures before I found ONE that I love. And trust me, I still have bad days but it gets easier with practice, so don’t give up!
New and Experienced Bloggers – Let us know what your photography style is in the TBP Community! Maybe it’s minimalist or or perfectly styled or maybe it’s lifestyle chic. The options are limitless! Start building a list or pinning images that inspire you. Give us an example or two of some of your favorite shots (yours or others) for bonus points!