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Excellent Reasons Why Photographers Need to Be Unique with Their Photos

By on June 17, 2012 — Updated on September 15, 2013

Guest Article by Ron Leyba

Photographers are Artists whose photographs act as a canvas for their creations. In my 28 years of stay on Earth, I have seen photographs of the same subject but captured in a different angle. In short, every photographer has his own style to take photo to experiment, stand out and be unique. This is what Avant-Garde Photography is all about.

My dear readers, I must admit that I am in fact not in the position to share bits of ideas about avant- garde photography that’s because I am neither a pro nor a newbie photographer. The only thing that I have done is too look at and appreciate these wonderful creations that are posted on magazine covers, wedding photos, billboards and food blogs. For a long period of time, I have been asking myself what sort of magic do these photographers have to create unique outputs with the same subject.

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For several years, I have looked up to them as fairy god mothers transforming a very plain subject into an eye-catching and jaw dropping photograph. Now that I am given a chance to write something about them, I took a lot of time to conceptualize what exactly do these photographers have in mind while shooting photos using their distinctive approaches?

While I was brain storming about it, it suddenly went into my mind to ask two photographers, Ms. Ferina Albano and Mr. Salvador Sias who I think is well versed in this field. This time, we will try to pick the brains of these avant-garde photography job enthusiasts for quite some time with the hope their ideas would help us realize and understand the true meaning of beauty behind these extraordinary doings. So let us get started.

1. For Identity and self expression — Art, according to Ms. Albano, is abundant and found everywhere. She says that everyone has the potential to be an artist. The uniqueness brought about by Avant-Garde is indeed a way to launch ones identity. She added that the goal to stand out is to try every means to be unique even to the point of weirdness.

2. For the risk of experimenting — Trying and experimenting is one way on how artists such as photographers become successful. They risk themselves and accept the fact that they would be criticized badly while selling the artworks.

3.  To refresh — “Avant-Garde or Being Unique is refreshing, it serves as an ice breaker that distinguishes art pieces that almost look similar. Without avant-garde Art is boring and boredom in the world of art kills Art per se.

4.  To communicate — Photography enthusiast, Mr. Salvador Sias, says that he tries to take a picture of these similar subjects with a different mode of presenting it to personally indulge himself thereby communicating with the audience through his photographs.

5.  To incorporate style — Style comes from deep within the artist, according to what Mr. Sias said, a touch of uniqueness within his subject demonstrates his one of a kind skill towards his shots which in the end would make him well-known in the industry.

These photographers whom I have mentioned may not be as expert as those renowned photographers yet I believe that their bravery to be bold, to experiment and be unique serve as a great mirror for amateur photographers to explore what lies beyond the norms.

Photo by Ferina Albano

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Ron Leyba is a Filipino blogger who always wanted to start out capturing great images and photographs of things and stuffs available around us. As of now, he enjoys reading and writing photography related articles to enhance more his knowledge about the art of it.

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  1. dimaks

    June 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Photography has been one of my dreams to embark on but time and resources do not allow me, yet. Those artists in their own crafts are indeed worthy to tune into. Thank you for featuring them.
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    • RonLeyba

      June 29, 2012 at 9:04 am

      We are photographers of our own stuffs. I mean, maybe we are not experts or something like that, but we always do our best to get the greatest image out of any photographs we take.
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  2. metalpig design

    June 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Photography is an art itself… and even if you have the latest gadget around your neck but you doesn’t have an ‘eye’ and passion, then those gadgets are useless.(imho) :)

    btw, thanks for highlighting the above unique reasons to help every newbie photographers be known in the photography world! ^_^
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  3. tatess

    June 18, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I love photography and in fact, I have the right camera and gadgets, but my style is just point and shoot. I done some reading, but that is it. I hope to attend a seminar if there is one in my new place
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  4. Brenna

    June 18, 2012 at 2:02 am

    ah. such an art i may not be able to get myself. as a travel blogger, taking beautiful photographs is essential and i think we really have to make sure our photos capture not only the emotions of the photographer, but gain expressions from those who look at it. kudos to Ms. Albano and Mr. Sias for their creativity. :)
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  5. Lakwatserong Unggoy

    June 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

    indeed. those were the characteristics everyone must have, not only for photographers. =)
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  6. Kathy Ngo

    June 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Its always a fresh unique take on something that would capture the eye of the people.

  7. Noks Sosa I

    June 18, 2012 at 7:17 am

    My dream shoot is an avant garde fashion shoot or maybe something surrealistic. I love the idea of making something that is really unconventional and out of this world ideas. Sarap tingnan!
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  8. RonLeyba

    June 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for letting this article be posted here at the creativity window. Hope I gave you guys few tips although for sure all of you will think it’s just the basic. But knowing and mastering the basic will surely make you become a better photographer right? Thanks again!
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  9. Franc Ramon

    June 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    In time photographers develop the eye and the instinct to come out with magnificent photos and I guess, they also are able to create their own identity as seen in their photos. Great post!
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  10. Gemma|My Dailies

    June 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Avant Garde Photography.. guess it’s seeing an object outside of the box and capturing it,sometimes weird, bizarre, strange, kind-a like experimental and yet very creative! I admire great artists/photographers! great post Ron!

  11. Kalabasa K. Kamote

    June 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    There are so many pretentious photographers nowadays. Reading this post would help me to know who are the real McCoys.

  12. Francis Balgos | Pala-lagaw

    June 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Nice input and well said!
    Creativity and style of presentation is what sets other photographers apart..
    They’re many out there who carry expensive gadgets w/o really a thought of presentation or have not curve their own style yet.. this is where we put our self expression and personality.. also need to be considered that photography has a set of rules to follow.
    As a travel blogger myself, it’s a challenge to shoot in a conventional way w/o disregarding steps to follow.
    as it is, we stumble when we don’t understand rules..
    what more breaking them w/o knowing them yet can bring disastrous results especially if someone is paying for your photos. :)
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    • RonLeyba

      June 29, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mr. Francis. It is kinda hard to become a photographer, what more being a travel blogger/photographer. It is the style, presentation, creativity and uniqueness that can give you good “branding” as a photographer.
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  13. carmel

    June 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

    This post just reminds me of my long-time dream of going into photography as a hobby… During my trips, I’m always in awe of the details of old buildings and some natural elements, the art and cultural heritage of a place, etc. Sometimes my photos don’t give justice to what I would like to portray. I agree that we need to throw in some uniqueness and experiment when taking photos, use a different approach/concept to make our photos stand out.
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  14. Mark Morfe

    June 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I believe that each one of us should have a unique take on photographs that makes them standout.

    Though I find the model in the photograph over-processed for my taste. Her skin looked more of a mannequin to me.
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    • RonLeyba

      June 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

      Agree. Each one of us must have a unique approach in terms of photography. About the photo above, it is kinda enhanced but not that much.
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  15. Eric : Manila Blog

    June 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I’m still searching for my own style :(
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  16. Marivic Cantes Tamura

    June 26, 2012 at 3:20 am

    They photographs don’t lie…it’s true but if the photographer is really good, they can make me a real beauty lol !!! promise, it’s true…:D

    • RonLeyba

      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Everything will look good with a great photographer. Photo artists knows how to bring out the best in each and every subject.
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  17. nats manacop

    January 28, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    try to be ur self,nd ur style thats it,u make big different in photographic wordl.

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