Do I have my own style?

I had an idea for such a HDR forest shot for about two years but was never lucky to get perfect conditions. Normally I would expect them to occur around autumn. However, I took above image very recently – in the middle of the winter 🙂

What defines best photographers is that each of them have unique style. I would recognize photos from artists like Hans Kruse, Jim Nix, Trey Ratcliff, Daniel Cheong, Jean Loper and many others in the middle of the night. Each of them composes and processes photos in his very own and easily recognizable way. They shoot consistent subjects (I recommend viewing bridge photos from Miroslav Petrasko). What’s more many of my favorite photographers aren’t really famous. Yet most of them have very unique style.

When I’m looking at my own photos, however, I have a very bad feeling that they are a random mix of different techniques, compositions and subjects. There is nothing (or not so much) common to them. I shoot mainly HDR and landscapes… and that’s all 🙂 Daniel Cheong takes beautiful photos of cityscapes from high-vantage point (and I mean HIGH) while Hans Kruse takes some amazing photos of the mountains and hills (amongst others but these are my favorites). In my portfolio you will in turn find everything from landscape photos to even street photos. Not all my images are bad but there are only a few which are really really good.

The problem is that shooting such a diversity of subjects and using different techniques results in a mediocre images. Of course I sometimes get lucky and nail the subject but if I had my own style it would be a lot easier 🙂

2017-01-17T19:42:56+00:00 February 7th, 2013|Posted in: hdr, landscape, Masuria|
  • Pawel Tomaszewicz

    It will come …

  • Wojciech Toman

    I hope so 😉

  • Anonymous

    i think that every of your mentioned photographers had the same problem in their early days. i love your photos 😉

  • Jim Nix

    First of all, thanks for the mention Wojciech, I appreciate that. I am not sure what my style is, but glad to hear that you know what it is! 🙂 Care to tell me? 😉 Anyways, I think over time things just develop and you find what you like to shoot, and how you like to shoot and process those images. I too have a vary random assortment of stuff that I have shot, but most of what I share are similar themed photos from my travels. I guess I just like that stuff best. So a lot of my “other” stuff sits on my hard drive…and sits…and sits. I actually think that shooting various subjects helps you develop your style, and increases your flexibility and eye…so keep shooting a lot of stuff, it’s good for you! thanks, Jim

  • Udo Krekt

    I agree with the comments above. I have struggled with the same question. Style cannot be forced, it is something you have to develop and it does not come overnight. You have to make a lot of photo’s. When i browse trough my project 365 and the now running project 52 [1,5 year period] there are a tremendous amount of different photographs. And that is the whole reason i do these projects, it “forces” me to try out many things. But there are a few topics that stand out. And these also get the best responses from my viewers. [There is a link there, i think]But is still have way’s to go and techniques to try.
    Also i think it has little bit do to with the location and situation you live. Maybe i’m the best mountain-photographer in the world, but where i live it’s very, very, flat. So a lot of my photo’s are of flat farmlands with a lake or small canal.