No two photographers can take the same photo. Even if those two photographers are taking a class together, shooting the same subject and they use the same exact camera, on a tripod, with the same settings, same lighting, etc., you can get results that are close, but never exact. Throw post processing into the mix and both photographers’ final result will definitely vary. With each additional variable, be it location, time of day, subject, distance to subject, camera, lens, lighting, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, wind, background, foreground, moving cars, clouds, anything, the results become progressively different. This has been my experience, your experience may vary.
When I first got into photography two years ago, I got a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I know that a lot of people would disagree with this approach to learning, but it helped me. I would try to imitate other photographers’ work, which meant I had to do things that I was not used to doing. Since I can’t produce a carbon copy of another image, I’m developing my own style with every photo I draw inspiration from. I’m doing something different every time I take a photo. I reflect on the past and apply it to the present.
Eventually, I began to notice that I had my own preferences in photography. Experience creates preferences. What works for one situation, may not work for another. What didn’t work then, may work now. When I started, I had no clue what I was doing. So I looked at what worked for others and started applying it to my own practice. No two photographers can take the same photo, so that’s how I found my photographic style.
To reiterate, I do not rely on imitation half as much anymore. That’s because I have my own experience to rely on.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope it helps you to grow as a photographer. Feel free to drop a comment, like, follow, share, and as always, you can ask me questions and if I know the answer, I’ll answer it. If not, I’ll do my best to find the answer.