How do trends influence my photography? I found this to be one of the toughest questions/assignments in the Find Your Eye Course. After about three days of thinking and searching, some insight has finally come.
I take note of trends in lots of areas of life, but I’m usually the “last one on the block” to try them. Wait a while, sit back and observe, see where this trend goes…that’s usually what I do. Examples abound in my personal life that support this. Once upon a time I thought layered hair cuts would never do for me. Now my hair is cut in layers. Flat panel televisions that could be mounted on the wall seemed like something I could live without, but last year we acquired one. Cell phones with cameras were definitely not something I could imagine using a few years ago, but now not only do I take an occasional photo on my LG phone … I also text.
Books on photography appeal to me more than websites by professional photographers. One publication I have is “Digital Photography Master Class” by Tom Ang. A classic coffee table kind of book that we have is “Images of The World” by National Geographic. I looked at these a lot over the last few days, and did some searching on the web, so that I could define some photographic trends.
Camera phone or iPhone photography is huge these days. I have done some with my phone but it is not my camera of choice, and purchasing any apps to make it better does not appeal to me. I enjoy seeing what others do with this, but for now I’m still observing.
Textures are lovely when applied correctly to the image that can be enhanced by them. My preference is for images of real textures, like the rust on a chain, or peeling paint on a wall.
Drastically adjusting the colors in an image to make it look surreal seems to be a trend, especially among those who create modern art with their images. I have used a little of this, but nothing drastic. I may increase the saturation of color just a bit or convert an image to black and white. There are a couple other settings that I use occasionally, but rarely do I post those changed images here.
My preference is for that classic, timeless look. Not fussed with too much. I really like images that look good straight out of the camera. That’s why I chose the image (at the top of this post) from a walk in the woods the other day with my dear friends. Leaves on the path, signaling that change from summer to fall.
As I did this exercise, thinking about it for a few days, I came to realize that what I reflect in my photography is a mirror of my life. My home, the way I dress, the choices I make…sometimes colorful, sometimes kind of monotone, but authentic. What you see is what you get.
Trends do have influence. As I continue on this path to learn my own style, I’ll continue to observe the trends that are out there and choose what suits my taste….just as everyone else does.
(Written for the Find Your Eye Course by Kat Sloma. Click this to learn more.)