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11/28/2005 08:49:58 AM · #1
... play a part in the type of pictures you take. For example, a shy, quiet type may prefer studio studies; or a loner may prefer the big landscapes; or outgoing, chatty people find candids their easierst/preferred genre; or social animals may like weddings and parties.

Where do you fit? Comments? And is it difficult to break the mold and get yourself to do something different?

Cheers
Tony
11/28/2005 08:58:02 AM · #2
I'm a watcher. I like to sit back and watch things, people, places, get an understanding of them before snapping.
Problems with this: I miss out on shots while getting to know my subject, shoots take longer.
Advantages: I learn about my subjects which makes it easier the next time.
This approach sucks for wedding and photojournalism photography.
Remedy: I'm working for a newspaper - get in, get the shots, get out. Completely new approach for me. Still won't consider weddings though I've been asked to do a couple. Don't like the pressure.

So far, I find that my images where I have studied for a while are better, more revealing. But I'm getting better...
11/28/2005 09:00:33 AM · #3
Someday there will be a school or branch of psychology that will explain whatever the hell I am and hopefully a therapeutic program to match.

I'm a chatty loner...who enjoys doing studio landscapes and semi-staged candids...of very large cats. That's actually quite accurate.

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...only a nut like me would be out there taking shots like this at 6:57 in the morning.

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11/28/2005 09:25:21 AM · #4
This is a really interesting post, thanks poster.

Not sure at all where I sit with this one. If you meet me I'm really talkative and like everything to be tickettyboo but my photography is just to get out there and snap away.

I'll shoot pretty much anything I see on the street, buskers, hawkers, Big Issue sellers. I never talk with them first mind, I'll take some photos first and then go and talk with them for a bit. I then usually take some more shots.

For some reason I always want people in my photos too, if I'm photographing an animal I try to get as much recognisable personality in there or I'm just not happy with it.

Not sure what this says about me but I thought that I'd better contribute since I'm having so much fun reading other peoples posts.
11/28/2005 09:32:35 AM · #5
If somebody is making a photo, not a snapshot, she/he shall definitely reflect personal point of view and way of thinking in it. As the time passes, she/he definitely shall be prone to photograph the way that better suits her/his personality pace.

As an example, I'm not a bullet-quick person, so I need some time to think before I do something. That's why I do not like shooting under time pressure.
11/28/2005 09:36:01 AM · #6
pretty interesting, but I am not sure where I am in this topic or where I fit in, I usually shoot just about anything. I am not crazy/into going into a studio or setting up a shot for a challenge or anything. I just shoot whatever, I see in the city here. It can be people, animals the parks or the city landmarks.
11/28/2005 09:37:04 AM · #7
I see it the other way around. I use photography to help me understand my own personality!
11/28/2005 09:47:23 AM · #8
I'm an extrovert, and usually kind of a social butterfly and chatty in nature. I talk to strangers in the checkout line at the grocery store, in elevators, etc. so I guess it's kind of fitting that I despise studio/set-up shots. I suck at them anyway. ;)

I prefer more outdoorsy, natural-light, nature/critters/people kinds of shooting. I had a lot of fun assisting on weddings this past summer, and love to take candids of folks like at street festivals and such. Then again, I enjoy the peaceful solitude of shooting flowers in a garden, just me and nature. Very therapeutic for me. :)
11/28/2005 10:01:18 AM · #9
I usually ignore people I don't know, unless they're customers and I'm at work... I'd probably never start conversations with girls either... lol

I'd much rather be out on a ride, alone or maybe with a friend.
11/28/2005 10:21:43 AM · #10
One of the reasons I came to DPC and stayed was to take my photography out of the box it had been in, a box created by my personality. Like my writing, my photography tended to be very structured, analytical. Definitely a reflection of "me." What I found, interestingly, was that I really love to shoot candid,"environmental" portraits. Where this came from, I have no idea, but I'm sure it says something about my personality on a basic level. I'm very sure that for most of us, our photographic expression is, at least in part, a reflection of who we perceive ourselves to be, and also a reflection of parts of our personalities that we normally do not consciously acknowledge, or even recognize. If we let it, our photography can be an interesting, revealing study of "self."
11/28/2005 10:48:26 AM · #11
I am more of a loner and shy person so I end up clicking landscapes mostly. Although I always like to click candids with people involved but its always a trouble, I believe part of the reason being I am not in my native country and if I point a camera at someone all I get is a werid uncomfortable stare !! So I stick with landscapes and trying to setup a studio.

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11/28/2005 11:23:32 AM · #12
I find it's gives me an excuse to do some things that while I would like to do in the past, I never had the trigger to push it over the apathy level so to speak -> Kinda an anti-lazy thing.
11/28/2005 11:45:50 AM · #13
Originally posted by kirbic:

One of the reasons I came to DPC and stayed was to take my photography out of the box it had been in, a box created by my personality. Like my writing, my photography tended to be very structured, analytical. Definitely a reflection of "me." What I found, interestingly, was that I really love to shoot candid,"environmental" portraits. Where this came from, I have no idea, but I'm sure it says something about my personality on a basic level. I'm very sure that for most of us, our photographic expression is, at least in part, a reflection of who we perceive ourselves to be, and also a reflection of parts of our personalities that we normally do not consciously acknowledge, or even recognize. If we let it, our photography can be an interesting, revealing study of "self."


And this, of course, is by far the most structured, analytical comment in this thread :-)

Robt.
11/28/2005 02:27:01 PM · #14
I find I'm most happy shooting when I'm by myself. I can do what I want, when I want, without any (or very few) restrictions. I don't really have a particular style or theme to most of my photos, but some of my favorite photos are nature shots. Lately though, I've had less and less time for myself, so I haven't been doing the things that I like to do, including challenges. :-(
11/28/2005 03:28:55 PM · #15
I find that I am shy by nature. My friends would probably disagree because I am very chatty with them, but I am shy when it comes to strangers or new people. I never really thought about it, but I guess it does reflect in my photography. I am much happier out in a park by myself photographing birds, insects etc....
If someone stops to ask me what I am doing I will usually chat for a few minutes, but I am almost always much happier by myself absorbed in the nature around me.
11/28/2005 03:30:12 PM · #16
I am very outgoing and love being around people. (20 years as a hairstylist you'd have to) My mother always said I could meet someone and know their whole life story in 5 mins. I love doing people shots and think my personality helps others feel comfortable and allows me to capture more really fun shots.

I also love to just go out driving around in the country or walking around town by myself and shooting. This is so enjoyable and relaxing for me.
11/28/2005 03:41:21 PM · #17
Originally posted by bear_music:

Originally posted by kirbic:

One of the reasons I came to DPC and stayed was to take my photography out of the box it had been in, a box created by my personality. Like my writing, my photography tended to be very structured, analytical. Definitely a reflection of "me." What I found, interestingly, was that I really love to shoot candid,"environmental" portraits. Where this came from, I have no idea, but I'm sure it says something about my personality on a basic level. I'm very sure that for most of us, our photographic expression is, at least in part, a reflection of who we perceive ourselves to be, and also a reflection of parts of our personalities that we normally do not consciously acknowledge, or even recognize. If we let it, our photography can be an interesting, revealing study of "self."


And this, of course, is by far the most structured, analytical comment in this thread :-)

Robt.


Touche, Row_Bear!
Would you expect any less, LOL?
11/28/2005 03:43:41 PM · #18
What a hard question to answer. I don't like analysing myself, as I change from day to day. I tend to aim for perfection when writing or working on computer mods. Yet, when I pick up a camera I seem to go into role reversal and shot away randomly. I have never found a niche to fit into, so tend to produce tons of rubbish.

Steve

I am a nature loving loner, although I do enjoy going out with others on Photo jaunts. I suppose Macro is one of my favs.

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