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Fine Art Photography

A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography is probably yet to find a large section of fan following. Also known as art photography, such photographs put forth any ordinary subject in a different light. Read on to know more.
PhotograFeed Staff
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
Ancient fresco in the cave temple, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution." - Ansel Adams

Fine art photography is an entire subject on its own. The secret to creative photographs is not always in the meticulous planning and perfect coordination. To be a good photographer one would need to have a creative streak and also excellent powers of observation. Some of the secret tips to amazing photography would remain in being in the right place at the right time. Be it fashion, nature, portrait photography, or even photojournalism, the main undercurrent of all is to have an ability to visualize and capture the frame in the best way possible.

Archetype of Abstractionism

Fine art photography is also sometimes known as art photography. Although the basic rule of any kind of photography is to keep it simple, the images in fine art photography are carefully planned and are a result of the creative vision of any photographer. Many images are like a work of art in itself. It is on the same lines of abstract art. The result is always breathtaking and different from the way a common man would perceive a subject. Normal objects or simple scenarios are transformed into a beautiful canvas with the creative visualization of fine art photographers. Photography in itself is an art but fine art photography would require you to apply more thought and visualization skills to create a beautiful work of art. Of course, this would not always mean that these photographs have to be staged, though the current trends in this form of photography are on similar lines. Such staged photographs have gained prominence due to the works of Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.

There are certain basics that any photographer would need to keep in mind before taking the plunge. Use these basics and develop as per your own practical experiences.
  • Always try to keep it simple. Avoid too much clutter in your frame.
  • Know all the nitty gritties about the equipment you are using. This will help you capture the best frames with the help of all the features available in your camera.
  • Read and research the works of famous photographers. Understand their manner of thinking and planning.
  • Study the basics of lighting to get better results. Light can be the deciding factor in the way your frame would turn out to be.
A fine art photographer will not always want to portray the subject as it is. This would mean he/she should have the ability of seeing beyond the obvious. In this form of photography, there is no event that is being reported, nor is it done to flatter the looks of any model. Here, the frame may incline towards being abstract, many a time.

Until the 1970s, one saw the traditional styles of photography always gaining prominence. It was landscapes, nudes, portraits that captured the hearts of many. It gained impetus with the likes of Ansel Adams whose works of Yosemite and Yellowstone were done to create a kind of a public awareness.

Fine art photography still needs to capture more audiences all over the world. This form does not create a large amount of sales probably because of a lack of awareness among people at large. Maybe this is due to the fact that one would need a different set of people who think beyond the ordinary to appreciate these works. It is not always meant for commercial purpose, but today, we can see this kind of art being used for promotional purposes as well. If you think you have that creative bent of mind, you can definitely try this form to produce fantastic results. Browse online to find a list of institutes that offer courses along these lines. This creative form of photography offers plenty of opportunities to display your skills.
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