Your own personal visual style defines your photographic identity and makes it possible for people to recognise your work.
I’m sure that you know at least one photographer with a very distinct style. His or her images are extremely creative and their work is immediately recognised.
From the choice of subject matter to use of appropriate techniques, there are many factors that contribute to the success of impressionist photographs.
Confidence comes from practice and perseverance but equally it relies on building a sound understanding and experience of fundamentals of impressionist photography.
The ability to create impressionist effects relies on first gaining confidence with techniques and learning the basic knowledge about light, form and colour. The key to success is practice. The more you practice the more familiar you will become with techniques and other aspects of impressionist photography.
Of course, there may well be parts of an image that you are not happy with. So keep in mind what went wrong and try to figure out how to improve that in the future photoshoot. In this way, you learn something from each photograph and so gradually build up knowledge, experience and confidence.
Eventually, these basic skills will become second nature. Then there is more time to think about the qualities that will make your images personal and individual.
Simply recording the subject with a camera is easy, but taking great impressionist photographs requires a totally different approach. In fact, impressionist images are one of the most difficult to capture successfully. It isn’t easy to catch the drama, depth, colour and atmosphere of a scene, as these attributes can easily be lost in the photograph itself. It’s not always a question of what to include in the composition; more often it is what to exclude, in order to concentrate attention on the most important part of the scene before you.
Perhaps you don’t feel like an artist because you can’t draw portraits, didn’t graduate from art school, or haven’t sold your work. But I believe it is passion, not a degree, that makes you an artist. And if you have a passion for photography you are an artist with a camera.