After you first 1000/10,000/100,000 photos (delete as applicable) I’m sure like me you realised you’d started to find your own style.
The kind of subjects you like to shoot, the equipment you prefer, the compositions, the colours (or lack of, with black and white), the processing (or lack of), and other factors that all add up to making photographs that somehow feel like they belong to you.
Finding our way through virtually unlimited choices in all of the above aspects and more, gradually gives us a kind of reliable formula – a series of steps we can follow to set up our cameras to create the images we like best.
But then there’s a danger that your trusty formula spills over into being formulaic.
You end up going through the motions and churning out near identical photographs time after time. However beautiful they might be.
Which becomes dull for you as the creative photographer, and possibly for your audience too.
So we need to find ways to keep our photography interesting enough to still be a challenge, but consistent enough that we don’t feel like we’re a complete beginner every time we pick up a camera.
What works for you? How do you walk this fine line between formula and formulaic?
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