Developing Your Photography Style

Making a Statement, Developing your Style

Developing a style is probably the hardest thing to achieve in any form of art; there are always expectations, comparisons and endless criticism. Self imposed more than anything and constantly wanting  more.

I say: use it.  Push yourself, do more, do better and settle only if you’re happy;  let others judge your work but listen and if you disagree strongly, do it anyway!

I settle for reaction; love it or hate it.

Viktorya by Milieux Photography

Improve your portrait photography

Improve your portrait photography with self-assigned projects

Envision it, execute it, own it, learn from it

senior portrait photography session

I  greatly enjoy the inexhaustible learning opportunities that photography represents. I also believe  in the practice makes perfect theory when it comes to photography.  This makes for a very simple formula which I have been following  using these simple steps:

1. Learn from the best

2. Practice what you’ve learned

3. Do it again

4. Do it better, don’t move on until you can do it with your eyes closed (well, maybe just one eye so that you can see through the viewfinder)

Getting better at portrait photography can be as easy as planning a fun-filled self-assignment project.  This is the time when you can do whatever you like and experiment as much as you want. NO PRESSURE.  How else can it be done? Practicing or experimenting on a client is really not a good idea.  The only thing is not to forget all the crucial steps and plan the shoot as if it were for a real client, otherwise there’s no point.  Envision the project, plan it, sketch it and prepare for it.  Afterwards, analyse your work, learn from your mistakes, learn from your successes  and do it again.

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Portrait

Happy Halloween Waldo

Happy Halloween 2013!

Outdoor portrait with a single SpeedLight.

Image of   a girl in Waldo Halloween Costume

Natural Light Portrait

Catching a fairy

As I write the summary on the lighting set up and exposure notes for a “natural light portrait setup tutorial”, I realize the importance of mastering the light under any conditions. In fact, it is absolutely essential to be worry free when it comes to any technical aspects of photography when working with people. I find that the real challenge is to capture the most subtle gesture, a momentary expression, or an elusive smile which results in a beautiful story being revealed.

Fairy

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