Lessons and Demo for the Family Photographer: Signature Style


Lessons and Demo for the Family Photographer: Signature Style

Photo courtesy of Kathy Tarantola

There's the classic image, which can be cliche, meant to please most of the people most of the time. Every once in a while, there's a brilliant execution of the classic image, but, as a photographer, you may want to go beyond that and develop your own signature style and learn to apply it to family moments. One might agree that developing a signature style is far more satisfying compared to following the rules of classic photography.

Photo courtesy of Jay Cummings

Sometimes signature style entails breaking the rules. But breaking rules can lead to unforgettable images that achieve something better.



Photos courtesy of Thomas Arledge and Andrew Slaton

For instance, slow shutter speed can be used to convey the hustle and bustle of the first day of 2nd grade. And we have all heard the rule "never shoot into the sun," but try it and you may discover an idyllic depiction of the children at play on a summer day.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Slaton and Jill Enfield


Be daring with depth of field and you are likely to appreciate the results.

Photos courtesy of Jill Enfield and Andrew Slaton

Using fill flash to enhance mid-afternoon daylight might become what you are known for as a photographer. And the possibilities are endless with slow sync at night.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Arledge

These dozens of photographic approaches will be illustrated in your lecture with theory and captivating images. Following the lecture, there will be a demo to put the principles to the test.

Photos courtesy of Frank Siteman and Douglas Carver

If you would like to try this with your own family members and your teacher by your side, DPA offers that option, at a discount, after you take this class.