What’s your signature style when it comes to photography? Or are you still trying to figure it out?
When it comes to editing your images, consistency will help establish your unique style. It sets you apart from other photographers and makes your work recognizable. Those who love your photography style will start to seek you out!
How to Find Your Photography Style
You’re not a lone wolf when it comes to figuring out your photography style. The pros are skilled at presenting the same “feel” in their images, and they know exactly how to avoid over-editing their photos.
Finding your style takes time. Those who are just starting out may want to explore different themes. Whether you’re going for moody, airy or vintage photographs, translate your passion and your story in a way that reflects you.
Once you have it all figured out, you can enjoy these perks:
- Build a following who genuinely cares about your work
- Gain the trust of your clients
- Establish your credibility
So start snapping, creating your own formula and sticking to it. The next step you will want to take is maintaining consistency to keep your images recognizable.
Soon enough, you’ll start hearing people say, “I just knew you took these photos!”
Maintaining Consistency in Photo Editing
Being consistent requires three things: hard work, practice and patience.
Nail all three and you’ll build up your connection with whoever comes across your work. You’ll leave your clients impressed with their desired images.
So here are some handy tips to help you foster consistency in your photo-editing style.
1. Develop an Effective Workflow
Your workflow consists of the steps you are going to take when you edit your photos. Observe your editing process and apply it to your work to keep everything consistent.
You may use presets or tweak your images a little bit to achieve your desired look. Having your workflow all figured out will help you edit faster, too.
When in doubt, you can always turn to tutorials from a photographer you admire or videos on YouTube. Learn a trick or two and try it out as part of your workflow.
2. Use Existing Presets
You can easily find presets (also known as filters) on a lot of photo editing apps. For instance, Instagram and the VSCO app offer free presets to apply on any image.
An app like VSCO also lets you make small adjustments to the contrast, saturation, exposure and more, helping you define your style more.
Find a preset that you like and use it on your images to help achieve a consistent look. Most photographers also have their own presets you can download and use.
If you’re feeling fancy and adventurous, then see our next suggestion!
3. Create Your Own Preset
Concoct your own photo-editing recipe to maintain consistency. It’s always fun to create your own preset. Most apps and photo editing tools allow you to save your preset. If you’re lucky, you’ll find some photographers also sharing their formula, which you can combine with your own.
So be bold and experiment with different elements. If you don’t end up like a preset that you’ve worked on, you can always start again. Don’t be afraid to play around with the tools you have.
Come up with a preset that you love, save it and sprinkle it all over your photos.
4. Limiting Your Colour Palette
You’ve heard it before: less is more.
This holds true when it comes to maintaining consistency in how your photos look. Simplify your colour palette by working with no more than five colours.
Think about the colours that you really want to stand out in your photos. You can even just feature one colour in all your work.
Focusing on too many colours may make your photos look a bit all over the place. However, keeping your colour palette simple makes it easier to be consistent.
5. Simultaneous Editing
Believe it or not, simultaneously editing several photos can also help keep your photo-editing style on track.
This technique is called batch editing. You can do it in both Photoshop and Lightroom.
As long as all your photos have the same size and exposure settings, you’re good to go. Edit and save multiple photos at once while still maintaining the same photo style.
In case you’re not familiar with Photoshop or Lightroom, you can always take a basic course. It’s easy to find photo-editing courses that fit your needs through websites such as AllPhotographyCourses.com, where you can find the perfect tutor and start batch editing like a pro.
A consistent photo style comes with its own advantages. It’s definitely something that’s worth investing in.
Start attracting clients, grow your photography business or create images that you’re passionate about, you’ll start connecting with your audience in no time.
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