What does it mean to unlearn photography?
What does this mean? Why do you have to unlearn what you have learned? It is very simple. When you fall in imitation, when your photos have more essence of others than yours (something that is much more usual than you can imagine), it’s time to stand up, take a step back and take a run, that is, find your own essence, your own style. Like any other art, photography breathes your personality, your experiences, your emotions and feelings, not the photographer or the photographer you admire.
I have a clear favorite on Instagram, many times you have seen your photos as an example in articles that I share on the blog, it is about Emilio Chulia. I like both his style and the type of photographs he makes, that without realizing it, when I shoot with my mobile I just look for that style. It’s funny because when I shoot with the SLR camera it does not happen to me … Well, as much as I am amazed by your gallery and admire its own style, I must find mine, look for my way and photograph with my heart and not with my eyes. And if something similar happens to you (think about it well because this is not something you realize easily) you should consider taking that step back.
But how do I do it?
Once you have recognized “the problem”, P is the time to solve it. Eye, that does not mean that you can never again inspire yourself in life at work or that you discard a good photo for being of that style, but to find your own. What can you do to find your own style? Well, here are some tips.
1. Feel free It’s time to start skipping rules, the aesthetics, the rules of composition and your own, those that you have imposed yourself to look like Pepito or Pepita. Let your hair down and transgress the rules. You’ve already learned them, right? Do not!? Ahem, ahem … Then you will have to give not one, but two steps backwards. First, know the rules of composition (here are some basic rules and mistakes of composition to avoid). Only when you have learned to master them will you be prepared to skip them.) And now yes, we can continue. Skip them, make creative photographic mistakes, have fun, experiment, look for a reason and propose to do ten completely different photos and I do not mean just changing the perspective, but also the lighting, the shutter speed, the depth of field, the color, the movement, the scenery, etcetera, as if you want to shoot making the bridge pine
2. Do exercises. I suggest you do many photography exercises (for example, these 100 that we proposed from the blog). Practice not only helps you improve the quality of your photographs, it also helps you to discover what kind of photography is the one you like the most, with which you feel most comfortable, the one that allows you to combine your own style. Maybe you are short distances instead of big scenarios, or you discover in the landscapes your photographic vocation, or even decide to immerse yourself in black and white without intention of return. The only way to discover where your place is is to visit it. The only way to decide to stay in it is by being there. Staying in the art of portraying your family will only limit and prevent you from discovering new photographic worlds (and for the record, I am a love of the portrait, but maybe you think that is what you like most and you discover that it is not Of course, to achieve that discovery you must explore.
3. Spontaneity Sometimes your best photographs are not behind a large organization, or a very elaborate planning and much less behind an imitation. The moment is on countless occasions what is full of magic, of beauty. Have your camera always at hand and shoot without thinking, with your purest instinct you can give your most beautiful images, the most “yours”, those that are full of your essence. Do not think too much and shoot (there will be time to put the straight lines in the editor; P). Here you have two examples of spontaneous moment.