Developing Your Photographic Voice

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Some call it style, some call it vision, and others again call it personal expression. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, the point is; as artists we all seek our own distinctive way of conveying how we see the world around us through whatever artistic media we have chosen, this unique signature that says I am the artist of this creation. For a photographer the medium is of course photography.

What is this distinctive voice then? If for one, it certainly isn’t solely based on technical competence although many photographers put all their energy into technical mastery. It isn’t something that is only related to how we use our media, but it’s a combination of how we see the world, how we interpret it and how we express this view through our chosen, artistic media. It is thus based on a combination of technical fluency, emotional engagement and creative display. How each artist balances these variables varies from one person to another. As artists we stand between these often opposing forces which we much negotiate in the process of our creative work.

Would you like to develop your photographic voice? My eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» will aid you on the way. I will guide you and at the same time let you find your own way. Because your photographic voice is genuinely something you can only develop yourself, but I know from previous workshop, that I can facilitate the process.

Right now I am in the middle of teaching another round of the eWorkshop. When I announced the workshop, I didn’t get the usual rush of inquiries. I was a bit puzzled. Maybe it was taking place at a time when possible participants didn’t find space to partake?

As a result of so few signing up, I have decided to run it again earlier than I would normally do and test out if a different time of the year would fit better for people in general. So here is an invitation to join an exciting eight week photo workshop, starting in May. More specifically start-up will be May 9th.

I know; eight weeks sound like a huge commitment, but remember I always try to be flexible and let participants catch up if they can’t deliver each week. How much work you have to put down for it to be worthwhile various from one person to another. Some shoot an hour or two each week, while others may spend time photographing each day of the week. Naturally, the more time you spend photographing the more you will benefit from the workshop, but in the end it’s all up to you. However the approach is, I think everybody who has participated in the workshop over the years, feel they have grown photographically over the eight weeks’ span. I am so confident that this is a great way to develop you photographic voice, that if you sign up and are not happy I will reimburse the money you spent on it.

This is how it works: In the beginning of each week you will receive a little ebooklet in which I discuss the week’s theme and give ideas to how to approach a specific photographic challenge in order to develop your photographic voice. The booklet will also give you concrete assignments as well. Then you have the rest of the week to shoot, experiment and work on the assignments. By the end of the week you send in a selection of your work, which I then will give my feedback on and suggest further ways to develop your photography. In addition I will always be available for questions and help. The themes are among others; photographic seeing, understanding colour, visual language, the passionate voice and why your choice of subject matters, to mention some of them.

Do you want to develop your photographic voice? Why don’t you sign up for the next workshop starting as of May 9th? You will find more information here.

20 thoughts on “Developing Your Photographic Voice

  1. I thank you very much, Otto, for the three important points in photography you have mentioned, such as technical capability, emotions and creativity. I wish you much success with your courses in general😀 Best regards Martina

  2. You’ve made some very important points Otto and I think whatever your level of photography, there is always more to learn. To be challenged with assignments that most likely demand you step away from your usual photography and explore new areas.
    I may well be interested in joining your workshop Otto. I will have to let you know much nearer the time however as I don’t know how certain things are going to pan out over the coming weeks.
    Whether I am able to join you or not, I wish you the very best with the course and would encourage anyone to take up this challenge. There is no doubt as you say Otto, people will grow photographically by taking part.

  3. I participated in your first workshop, Otto, and found it a great experience – got me out of a rut, had me exploring new ways of creating, and above all had fun…

  4. Hej Otto, så gott att läsa och påminnas om detta. Tycker att det är så svårt att få ihop alla dessa delar samtidigt. Kämpar med att ta mig vidare tekniskt med kameran och efterbehandlingen och då tycker jag att känslan i det jag gör blir lidande. Vill gärna gå din workshop igen men vill vidare tekniskt en bit till innan. Kanske nästa vår om du kommer att fortsätta, vilket jag hoppas.
    Önskar dig fotoglädje var än du befinner dig.

    1. Takk for de hyggelig ordene. Det hadde vært hyggelig å jobbe sammen med deg igjen.Men kanskje jeg må gjøre listen litt høyere så du har noe mer å strekke deg etter. 🙂 Synes for øvrig du tar veldig bra bilder.

  5. Looks like it will be a productive workshop. I may have to check into one of the E-book workshops someday. Not sure If I can do the May 9th one. Good luck!

  6. i wish you well, in getting a mad rush for this workshop, Otto… wish i could take one of your classes, but i don’t have the money

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