3 Steps to Develop Your Own Unique Style
Step 1: Determine what you want to do
This step is very important because in order to build or develop a style you need to have a very clear understanding of what you want to deliver. For me, I decided to do studio lighting types of portrait very early on my photography journey. I started to practice different lighting and learn different techniques towards this part of photography. I still learned some other types of photography from food, architect, to landscape. But the main focus is on portrait especially studio lighting kind of portrait and this is what will define my unique style.
Step 2: Seek Inspiration
As you start to develop your own unique style, you are most likely be guided by who you learn from the most. It can be a lot of different sources, Youtube, Workshop, Online Webinar. And the way you find these sources is by seeking inspiration.
I really like the way Lindsay Adler’s photography workflow, and I watched most of her master classes and learn her lighting skills. She is my inspiration, and my images are somehow like hers to a extend. My unique style is based on some brilliant instructor such as Chris Knight, Phlearn Family, Lara Jade, and Lindsay Adler.
Step 3: Have Consistent Retouching Workflow
How you edit the picture is extremely important regarding your personal style. Having a consistent retouching workflow will unify your portfolio to a unique theme that’s belong to you and enhance the portfolio style. People can recognize your work by the way you edit your images.
My retouching workflow have been consistent even though it changes over the years. However, when I put them all together, people can still easily recognize my works.