Creating or finding your own style in photography or cinematography can be a bit tough especially today. As creators, we are bombarded by media before we even have our first cup of coffee. So in a world such as this, with content bursting at the seams, how can you find or create your own style?
I think before we even dive into that it is important to remember that you shouldn’t stray from what you like. Often times we are tempted or naturally drawn to give in to what other people like and that can be dangerous. If you are not happy with what you are creating or you find you are making something to “fit in” (I hate that phrase but we are going to go with it), then stop and take a break. Make what you like and run with it. If you are creating what you want and you are doing it diligently then the rest will come, people will admire your work. So enough with that rant.
If you are having trouble finding your style, here are a few tips that I find help me when i’m lost. One: So I create a mood board of things I am interested in, (that can be color pallets, articles in the frame, light, etc.) I pick a few things I like till I have (what I think) is a good looking board.
Two: I then get a pen and a piece of paper and just write. I usually turn on some music and honestly write from my heart or anything that comes to my mind. This helps me see visually on paper whats going on in my head.
Three: After that, I just start a project (whether it be something I will actually turn into a working piece or just a project for learning and growing). I Don’t really overthink anything ( I know thats hard to do), but I just go for it and then when I finish I finish. I evaluate the project and pick and choose what I really think is good and discard what I don’t like.
And that’s pretty much it guys. Finding what you like is really trial and error and self-reflection. I believe each of us is created with a passion and all it takes sometimes is finding the “why” to that passion and from there it takes off. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep creating.
- Alan Imber