|Sun Rays Over Cummings Mountain - Tehachapi, California|
There are a few problems with this advice. First, it's vague, and defining exactly what "your own style" is an extraordinarily difficult pursuit. Second, your style could and should be continuously evolving (as you evolve)--your "style" tomorrow will be a little different than your "style" today which is a little different than what your "style" was yesterday. Third, just because you have your own recognizable style, doesn't mean that style is actually any good.
I recently realized that I needed to stop worrying about what my style is. You shouldn't worry about developing your own style. Disregard style! Instead, you should strive for excellence, and everything else will fall into place.
|Come To Jesus - Pasadena, California|
Do your very best with each exposure from start to finish. You should strive for excellence in your vision, your creativity, your exposure, and your post-processing. Excellence should be your style! No shortcuts. No half-efforts. Do it right, right from the start. It might be more difficult, but good things don't often come easy.
If you are excellent in your photographic pursuit, then your images will reflect this. People will recognize it by looking at your photographs. If the word "excellent" comes to people's minds when they view my images, I have truly succeeded as a photographer. Starting now, excellence is the style that I'm pursuing in my photography. Will you join me?