As a photographer, you should already know the viewpoint that you have. It isn’t necessarily only how you perceive the world, but how you want the world to perceive itself. This viewpoint of yours is what shapes all photos you’re going to take.
As an amateur photographer, you might not have yet set a viewpoint for yourself. On the other hand, you might have continually been switching from one viewpoint to another in the efforts of finding one that’s truly unique to you. Fortunately, the more you spend your time as a photographer, the closer you will be at realizing what your viewpoint is, along with developing your skills.
That said, if you need help figuring out your viewpoint, here are three tips to help you do so:
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1. Don’t be afraid to experiment
If you’re already switching from one viewpoint to another, you’re already experimenting. Remember that the more you experiment, the closer you are at figuring your unique viewpoint.
During your experiments, you might find something that you like, and some things you don’t like. While you’re still in this stage, think of the process as an artist. Although the artist might find some style to be amazing, yet it is not their style. The artist might also try out other artist’s styles that turn out to be an utter failure.
What makes an artist a master artist, however, is by continuous experimentation, learning, and slowly figuring out which style truly fits. At some point, all these learning will help the artist create their very own unique style. As a photographer, you should apply this same principle in figuring out your viewpoint.
2. Don’t stop experimenting
In terms of experimentation, this will be the primary factor of your success: your determination.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how many viewpoints you try out; what matters that you keep on doing it until you find the right one. No master artist is born out of one who gives up and tosses the pencil to the side, never to draw again, nor a professional photographer born from one that gives up halfway, never taking a picture again. Remember to push through difficult times, and you’ll surely savour the successful outcome.
3. Find the meaning behind your photos
As a photographer, you might be tempted just to point your camera and shoot at every fascinating scenery, object, and person that you see. While this might be great at filling up your portfolio, it will do little in terms of adding any meaning to the photos that you take.
What you must do here is to find the meaning behind your pictures—answer why you’re taking the image in the first place. For example, you might want to highlight the fact that nature is getting destroyed by the actions of humans or want to show everyone the beauties of the earth before it is all gone. With this mindset, you’d set out to capture some of the most stunning natural vistas the planet has to offer.
With continuous experimentation and finding the reason as to why you’re taking pictures, you help yourself in finding a viewpoint that is unique to you. Remember, the photography journey isn’t an easy one. Discovering something that you like, let alone, that’s unique to you can be tough and challenging.
In all your efforts, always remember to stay true to yourself. Although you can mimic people around you or follow in someone else’s footsteps, it is still vital that you do what comes from your heart. That way, you can genuinely say that you’ve found a viewpoint that’s unique to you.
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