A photograph is a blank canvas. How the artist composes the photo, post processes the photo and crops the photo is all subjective to the vision that the photographer has. With all the millions of photographs from all the popular places, as a photographer, you always want to ask yourself this question, "How can I shoot this without it looking like the hundreds of thousands of other photos that are blowing up social media right now." You want to give viewers a fresh perspective, a new look, a vision of the exact same subject they just shot, but from a different angle.
One of my favorite things about photography is the different styles that exist within it. I often shoot with a buddy of mine and despite us constantly being at the same places, sometimes even the same exact spot, our photos always turn out different. He has his style, and I have mine.
When I'm shooting, I try to shoot the emotion that I'm feeling as I'm looking at the scene. When I process my photos, it's the same mindset. I want my photos to breathe, I want who ever is looking at my photos to feel what I felt when I was shooting. Sometimes, you'll notice my photography is dark and desaturated, I was channeling a mood, and the vision I wanted to share with the public's eye is that feeling.
Below are examples to show how you can have the same exact shot as somebody else, but its how you edit and process that photo that truly becomes your identity.
What does that photo make you feel? Think? Can you smell the pine from the deep green pines that are jumping out of your shot? Can you feel the chill of the air from the dark grey clouds? How do you want this photo seen by your viewers? Next time you're taking a photo and editing it, think about these questions. If you can connect the viewer to your photo, you've done your job.