Identifying a photographic style you relate to most, can be very helpful when developing your camera skills. This can help you see why you are attracted to a particular subject and how to enhance your study in that area. It’s about finding what inspires you rather than pigeon holing yourself.
When you don’t worry what others are doing, compare yourself to them or copy anyone else’s style, this is when great photography happens. The way you see the world is unique, therefore as your improve your technical skills your creative style will naturally develop with it.
This is a list of photographic genres that can help you define your style of shooting:
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #1 – ABSTRACT
As an abstract photographer, you will be concerned with colour, form, shape, pattern and texture. Leaving a photograph open to interpretation and potentially a whole new meaning when you focus in close on just a part of your subject.
CREATIVE / PORTRAIT / ARTISTIC
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #2 – FINE ART
Fine art photographers create imagery as a piece of art, scenes interpreted by an artist as a photographer. Photographers present life and subjects as an idea and concept rather than a factual representation of what is really happening, the opposite end of the spectrum to photojournalism.
DESIGN / LANDSCAPE / CREATIVE / PORTRAIT
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #3 – LIFESTYLE
Platforms such as instagram are stacked to the rafters with lifestyle imagery, so this is one style many of us will be very familiar with.
Lifestyle photography aims to capture subjects in real-life events in an artistic manner. Your primary goal is to tell a story about someone’s life or to inspire people in different times. As a lifestyle photographer, you will most likely enjoy photography as art in everyday life. You will most likely be talented in other areas of photography also, such as landscape, street photography, fashion, wedding and even wildlife with the unique vision to inspire people’s life.
FOOD / FASHION / BEAUTY / WEDDING / PORTRAITS
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #4 – COMMERCIAL
A commercial photographers main goal is to advertise products & services in order to make a client money. This we see all the time in magazines, advertising and TV. Making money is often the sole purpose of photography in the media.
SPORT / ADVERTISING / FASHION / PORTRAIT
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #5 – NARRATIVE
Narrative photographers work with the idea that photographs can be used to tell a story, much like in documentary photography. To capture moments in real life. You can use narrative photography in the same way, but it may be staged instead of in the moment.
SOCIAL / STREET / CELEBRITY
PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE #6 – DOCUMENTARY
A popular form of photography used to document significant, historical events and everyday life. Documentary photographers typically cover professional photojournalism or real life reportage, but it may also be an amateur, artistic, or academic pursuit. Most often pictures of people, the photographer attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid photography of a particular subject.
PHOTOJOURNALISM / SOCIAL / STREET / CELEBRITY
You may find that you relate to one or two strongly, but don’t worry if you are not sure of your style. Your personal way of photographing will develop over time. You will most likely find yourself naturally drawn to a particular type of photography. You should be able to define the genre you relate to more clearly, further down the line.