Developing a Style – Part 1 – Introduction

I’ve been reading a number of blog posts and articles recently about developing a style in photography.

I’ve been big into photographing land and seascapes for a number of years now and have never really thought about my “style”. I really just shoot what i like and then process the image in a way that either suits the subject or pleases me, or both.

But, after my recent trip to Cornwall, photographing the often amazing scenery down that way, I’ve started to notice some repeating themes or style elements to my images. This may just be due to the weather conditions, i’m not always lucky with that, or it may just be my own personal preferences sneaking in.

Take a look at the following images and see for yourself. Some were taken during this recent trip, but others are older, but I think they all have a distinct “feel” to them across the range.

I like the “feel” of these images and will continue to produce images like this, but that is not to say that my style will stay in this place. I think my style is still developing and I will continue to explore other ideas, such as the images below. Which again, are all mine, but all with very different vibes to them.

Keep an eye out for my next blog post which will delve deeper into how to develop your own style.

New Stuff

I’ve just treated myself.

I’m off to Cornwall for some landscape/seascape shots in a couple of weeks and so i’ve treated myself to a few new toys.

First up i’ve finally replaced my broken Lee Little Stopper. I loved that filter the last time I went down to Cornwall, right up until I drop it down the steps at Bedruthan and watched it smash on the rocks. I couldn’t leave the broken bits so after walking up the stairs I trekked all the the way back down to pick up the broken pieces. Anyone who has been to Bedruthan will know that’s no easy task. I’m looking forward to getting out and trying them again.

My next toy is a set of Lee Sunset filters. I’ve never used these type of filters before so am looking forward to trying these out. The are a collection of three graduated filters ranging in colour from red to yellow to give more colour in the sky during the sunset. I can’t wait to give them a try.

And finally, and most excitingly, a new tripod. There wasn’t too much wrong with my last one to be honest but it was a bit cheap and a little bit wobbly. My new one is by a company called Artcise and is made from carbon fibre and on first sight, looks amazing. It’s tall, it’s strong, it has a bowl head and as an extra little gimmick it has a funky little mobile phone holder, and again, I’m excited to get out there and try it out.

I’ll try to give some proper reviews once i’ve tried them all out. 🙂

What is a Limited Edition Print?

A question I sometimes get asked is what is the difference between a limted, special or exclusive edition print and any other print?

There is often the assumption that other prints, often called Open Edition prints will be of a lesser quality to the Limited, Special or Exclusive Edition prints. This is not so. All of my prints are printed on the same, museum quality paper, using the same inks and the same printer. The only real difference is that my Limited, Special and Exclusive Edition prints will only ever be printed a specified number of times, making them more valuable than an Open Edition print.

When a photographer, or any other artist, limits the number of prints, some will limit them to a certain number of each size, whereas others, like myself will have an overall number limit regardless of size. I will print each copy to order. So, for my Limited Edition prints I will print a total of 50 copies as and when they are ordered. My Special Edition prints will have only 25 copies and my Exclusive Edition just 10, therefore making them more sought after. When you buy a Limited, Special or Exclusive Edition print from me you will also recieve a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

Whilst I will limit the number of certified copies, for each image there will also be one or two artist’s proofs, usually printed at the smallest available size, although occassionally these may be printed bigger. These copies will only ever be sold once the edition print run is sold out. I will never create more copies regardless of any demand. I want my images to be special.

When it comes to pricing, some photographers will handle things slightly differently and as an edition print run starts to sell out will increase the price of the prints. I don’t do this. I believe that my editions are priced fairly and represent a true value based on the work put in. All prints of an image in an edition run will have the same price throughout. The only variance on this may be when the dition is sold out and the artist’s proofs become available.

None of these factors are set in stone and some photographers handle things differently, but, rightly or wrongly, this is how I like to do things.

Other Prints, or Open Edition Prints

As I mentioned above, my other prints, which can be found in my Other Works and Nature – Flora & Fauna galleries are printed in exactly the same way as my limited, special and Exclusive Edition prints. The only difference is that there is no restriction on the number of prints that can be created for these. These will also include a signed certificate of authenticity, but they are not numbered.

For obvious reasons, each of the images available on my website are available as either an Open Edition or a Limited, Special or Exclusive Edition, but not both.

You can view my images here:

Limited Edition Special Edition Exclusive Edition

Other Works Nature – Flora & Fauna

My First Blog Post

OK, so I’ve been tinkering around with websites and blogs for a while now but I have finally settled on a platform and blog that I am happy with, and this is it.

The website is now up and running and fully functional and you’ll see many of my images up for sale. Please do take a look around and if you fancy having some limited, special or exclusive edition prints to grace your walls then go ahead and place an order.

All of my images are printed on high quality Museum grade paper with the best quality inks that will last a lifetime, and all prints come with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.

I’m very proud of my work and proud of website and I hope you enjoy the experience of looking around.

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Thanks for reading. Have fun and i’ll write again soon.

Steve