What is Fine Art Photography?
Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to documentary and commercial photography. Documentary photography provides visual support for stories, mainly in the print media. Commercial photography's main focus is to sell a product or service. Art photography: photography that is done as a fine art -- that is, done to express the artist's perceptions and emotions and to share them with others. Fine art photography is tied to other media such as painting; it responds to its own history and traditions. It is innovative and personal. Things for you to think about in your fine art photography:
* Form: some fine art photography concentrates on themes like form. Using the photograph to emphasise human form, natural forms or made forms. * Personal: Your project should be of great interest to you. Almost an obsession. Whether you’re interested in flowers or people’s faces your photographs should capture everything you love about the subject. * Message: your project could inform the viewer about a specific theme or topic that you feel strongly about. * Shock value: A lot of fine art photography is about shocking the viewer. It will have a message or issues that make the people looking at it feel a bit uncomfortable. * Experimental: Surreal objects and composition can create a strange, interesting world. This could show a particular emotion or feeling. You photographs should fit into 1 of the 3 art photography categories: 1. Visually pleasing: the photographs are like art. They could be hung on walls in homes, cafe’s etc. 2. Informative/ shocking: in your face hard hitting issues that you personally feel strongly about or have personal links to. 3. Surreal: experimental use of techniques to great odd, interesting images. Photographers to look at:
Put 5 of these into your sketchbooks:
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