One piece of advice you'll hear/read over and over again when you begin your photography journey is "find your own style." The first few times I read this, I kind of freaked out. What was my style? I felt like someone was going to ask me to write a 10 page essay to describe it. Now that I'm more comfortable with my photos, I can say that this is good advice.
Basically, don't try to copy another photographer. Whether it be running certain actions on all your photos or over-saturating colors or purposely blowing out highlights. Don't do it because someone else is doing it. Do what you feel looks the best.
As for my style, I can comfortably say that I have a photojournalistic flair. I don't look posing people at all. Rich was wearing a suit a few weeks ago and asked me to take some head shots for use on LinkedIn, etc. The first few were terrible and I was finally able to give him some direction but man, I was not comfortable at all. And he's my husband!
I also hate editing. Despise it, actually. If I have to spend more than a minute on a photo, it's no good. My goal is to "get it right" in the camera. I like my photos to look natural. That's my style.
I spent some time checking out the photographer (and the second shooter) at the wedding we attended a few weeks ago. I was sort of proud of myself for knowing what she was doing and as usual, my mind began to wander. Could I do that? I honestly don't know.
I shot off a few photos as my niece was being christened last month. There were only two babies and the priest was very open in allowing/encouraging photos. I opted to not use my flash. There was no wall near me to bounce it off of and the ceilings were too high. I should note that I had my settings ready to go before I stood in front of them to shoot. I metered to finalize my shutter speed while my ISO and f stop were already set. You can't really ask the priest to stop while you mess around with your settings.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens
Now, if I had opened up my lens more (maybe an f stop of 2.2), I could have lowered my ISO, which would have reduced some of the grain. I've had some issues in the past with this lens and I find the focus is spotty with an f stop lower than 3.2. I also partly went with a slightly higher (number) f stop because I didn't want soft focus on any of the people.
Okay, let's talk about the gymnastics show. I always pick my focus point and for all of these, it was the girls' little face(s).
Bounced the Speedlight off the wall behind me.
Same settings for this photo too.
Bounced Speedlight off the wall behind me.
I shouldn't have had my shutter speed that fast. I could have dropped my ISO and shutter speed. I sometimes spaz out though.
Hope this helps!