"Photograph" by Def Leppard... 'n some pHoToGrApHs
Determining what makes your photography unique can not only improve your images, but also will help you stretch and grow. I am more of a "people" photographer. I struggle with shooting landscapes and images that don't include people. I am also intrigued by pets, and love to get my Boston Terriers in front of the camera (although they're not very cooperative). And of course, my ultimate preference is photographing my grandchildren (they don't call me the "paparazzi" for nothing)!
So where are we going with this? Everyone has a different "style" of photography. Determine your style by considering what you enjoy capturing most-- street photography, architecture, old antiques, cars, people, pets, beaches, farms, barns, kids, or whatever. Then compare your images to see how you most often "tell the story" through your photographs. My style is up usually up close, and slightly blown out (overexposed, and too light). Hey, that's me. But here are some tips to help you refine your style and improve your photography skills:
draw a "tic-tac-toe" board on your image, make certain your point of interest is
on an intersecting line. When shooting landscapes make sure your horizon is on the upper or lower line (NOT across the middle of the picture). Some cameras actually have a "grid" you can see in the viewfinder that will help you better compose your shots, until it becomes second nature.
background to "frame" your object. For instance, if you are on
the beach, use the grassy berms in the foreground. Or maybe interesting
trees on the sides or top of your images to give depth and dimension.
Interesting images usually look three-dimensional so make an effort to find a
foreground, mid-section, and a background when you can.
ground or way up high! Don't worry-- you don't have to crawl on the ground (unless you want to). Just angle the camera in the direction of the subject and fire away. You'll be surprised at how much difference a small adjustment in camera angle or height might make.
been here? What is the subject thinking? What's happening in this
image? If you are not telling a story then you are getting a "record
shot." Storytelling is a challenge that when done well will make your photography more interesting.
have FUN with your camera.