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Pick one Style & Stick to it

Lesson 11 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

Pick one Style & Stick to it

Lesson 11 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

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11. Pick one Style & Stick to it


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


How Are You Perceived as a Photographer?


Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You


Activity: What Are Your Photography Goals?


Owning Your Own Style


Preparing for a Photoshoot


The Importance of Research


Lesson Info

Pick one Style & Stick to it

for me. This image eyes one, my favorites I shot in India recently. Oh, my gosh, This is looked a long story. But I I went I heard about the the push car Camel festival in middle of Roger. Stan were literally all these tribes people come from all over India, like the Bedouin tribes. And they sell camels and horses to each other. Any of these big color festivals. And they have really races, like women with, like, pots of water, like relay race and their saris And like they have mustache contest. I mean, like the weirdest festival you've ever heard of. And I was like, I must go there. So we went and we're staying in a tented camp, and I was just walking back from a from a day filled festivals and stuff, and this is like a pop up barbershop that just happened to be going on. And I shot this with my canon with my 51.2. It was like, super low light on guy took one shot, and this is what I got. And it was just as I was walking by. And I love this image because of the contrast of the colors t...

o each other. And I love how the colors of spilling the light in kind of blending in the middle. And then it randomly start happy accident. There's like this. I don't know if it's a mirror, what that is on the right, but it matches the color on the left, and it's just this happy. I don't know. It's like this moody image, but to me, like this would probably look cool in black and white to. But it was all about the color for me. I was drawn to that moment because of the contrast in color is that I saw, and so, ah, lot of times I didn't purposely put that there. But if I were doing a shot and really thinking about it, I would think about okay, I'm having this color here actually put a pop of something else over here. I think about adding something in the foreground, having layers like foreground middle ground background colors or contrast ing. I do think about all that stuff when I'm framing a shot, even when I'm just walking around and travel photography, and I'm not setting up a studio shot or anything like that I'm thinking about doing that, and I'm not afraid to go up the people and move them like I mean, they might be this person who is like leaving something and I'm like, Awesome, could you just like we've that, like, two feet over that way a real lights a little better and they'll move for you, like so sometimes it's not a bad thing to interact with people when you find that you actually get a better response. And they like when you start a conversation that when you're like, sneaky with the super long lens, trying to steal a photo of someone you know kind of like miss that human element to the picture but showing consistency everywhere and we talked about this, so picking one style and sticking to it, no matter what you're doing, is really, really important. And I've talked a lot about my style. Like all of you guys are probably not as super vibrant, colorful, you know, maybe that's not your brand, but it doesn't matter what your brand is. It should be consistent across the board and for me. I hated using my cell phone for pictures until I started using snap seed. I don't know if you guys have heard of it. I know we talked about it earlier, but using an app on my phone like snap seed where I can make my colors pop and look amazing from the cell phone to match my brand, they opened up all these doors for me to start posting my images for my cell phone because sometimes I need to do it right away, and I cant download on my computer and edit and light room and, like, exported and do all this stuff from my big camera. So a lot of times I'll carry my cell phone and my big camera, and I'll just double cover everything so I can have something I can immediately post or, um, have it backed up in my big camera. I'll do that. But what's amazing is like any brand, no matter what you're doing, whether you're submitting for weddings or travel or any kind of art that you're doing, you need to pick one style and stick to it or else people are not going to know what they're gonna get with you.

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Ratings and Reviews


I've been listening for, like, two hours. OMG. Like, I could, like, you know, get more from this if, like, she stopped jibbering and get to, like, you know, the topic? She sounds more like a rambling stream-of-thought teenager than a mature adult giving a succinct organized presentation. In two hours, I have, like, learned about two or three things I can, like, use. Like, Ehhhh...? It's like, bor-ing! Like, whutttt? Is she, like, 15 or what? Sheesh.

a Creativelive Student

I have to start by saying that I was lucky enough to be part of the live audience in this class! What Laura has shared this 2 days, is something that will have taken me a few years to learn. Thank you for remanding me that we create our own opportunities and we have to go for what we want instead of waiting for it to happened and will these tips your share in this class, will make it a lot easier to approach editors or potential clients to be able to conquer my goals! Thanks you very much Laura and Creative Live for making all these possible for the photo community all around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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