Why Photography Is Subjective: A Simple Definition

Photography is subjective, each photographer has a different style, artistic interpretation and work flow. There are so many variables!

I had no idea quite how different each one of us is, until I did my course last week.

There were nine of us altogether, all at different levels of experience. Some had never done a wedding and were starting out. Others were seasoned pros.

We walked around the venue together taking the same photos, with the same models, with the same light and similar equipment. So, you would think that the photos would all look the same. Right?

Wrong!

In fact looking on our private Guild of Photographer buddy group, I was surprised at just how different they all were!

Below are five photographs which I have permission to share with you all to prove my point. The photographers in no order are:

Kendra Eastwood from Kendra Eastwood Photograph in North Yorkshire

Slavomir Kondratovic Ampa from Skphotoart in Wigan

Lisa Wildgoose from Wildgoose Wedding Photography in Buckingham

Gregory Keeling

Patrick Barnett

This is my proof that photography is subjective! I see so many photographers get competitive over jobs and I just don’t understand why!

We are all different!

Style, price, website design and customer service will also play a big part in the client’s decision to commit to our business or not.

Some clients just want a record of their kids growing up, some want a family experience to look back on and others want beautiful wall art to proudly display on their walls.

For weddings some want hundreds of digital images on a USB, some want a beautiful album, and others want one feature canvas or framed print to show off their special day.

We all charge different prices for this. Again, no one is right, and no one is wrong!

If you are a client, there are a couple of things to remember before you book a photo shoot or wedding.

Photography is subjective – Just because your friend may or may not like a photographers images, doesn’t mean you will feel the same. Compare styles!

Stick to your price bracket – There is someone out there for everyone’s budget. There is cheap and cheerful, middle of the road, or high-end.

Decide what is important to you before you book – Make sure you have compared at least 5 websites and have chosen the correct photographer and product FOR YOU!

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8 Comments

  1. Karen Naylor October 21, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Wow, yes they’re all so different! just shows that you must compare websites.and choose wisely to suit the style you’re looking for, as word of mouth wouldn’t always work for this.

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 21, 2018 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Exactly! Everyone should do their homework!

  2. Geraldine Plumbly-Day October 21, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Love this post

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 21, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

      I thought it was really interesting to see how all photographers are different and that being competitive is in reality a waste of time and stress 😉

  3. Greg Keeling October 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Great blog. What it also shows is the importance of small changes in the position of the photographer and the model. I’ve learnt that I need to move slightly to the left and right, backwards and forwards and up and down before taking the photo.

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 21, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Or take a photo at each angle then decide what works best when you see it on a bigger screen! 😊

  4. J Stott October 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Very interesting post and you wouldn’t believe one picture could look so different through the eyes of each photographer. 😊xx

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 22, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Yes it really is a fascinating example how each of our work is different and that clients need to choose us for our style and not only on someone else’s recommendation! X

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