Presenting the fourth post in the Style Analysis series. The idea behind this series is to help form a better understanding of various photography and editing styles and methods.
Point to note – photography is subjective. This is not a post pointing out what I think are “good” and “bad” photos, rather I’m trying to take a fairly objective view and simply examine the techniques and style preferences of the photographers.
While Mark does shoot various types of photos, which can be found on his website, the focus for this post are his vibrant portraits. Portraiture was chosen simply because that’s what his Instagram account focuses on.
Color-wise, at first glance the photos do have some resemblance to Brandon Woelfel’s style, but upon closer inspection the differences become more obvious. Firstly, Mark’s photos are warmer and focus on the blues and oranges, while Brandon’s pictures are cooler, more desaturated and have a tint leaning more to the pink side. These are fairly simple variations, but provide the photographers with two vastly different styles. Another point to note is that Mark’s alters the blues to be more aqua, something that seems to be an increasingly more common trend on the Instagram.
The models in the photos are placed almost always in the center, putting the focus on them, and creating a pleasing symmetry to the image. There aren’t any extreme camera angles, with the camera placed more or less around eye level. The portraits are usually framed as a mid-shot or close-up, rarely showing the entire person, but instead focusing more on their face and expression.
Mark also uses props such as prisms, sparklers and fairy lights to add some flair to his photos. The props coupled with the bokeh caused by a large aperture lens, give the images an extra element to them, although they’re not used in every picture and Mark ‘s style doesn’t rely on them as much as, Brandon Woelfel.
As usual, this is not meant to be an detailed analysis, but simply my observations. Have you notice anything else in Mark’s style? Leave a comment if you did!
Singerman, M. (2017). [photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/marksingerman