What is Fine Art Photography?


Article by Lu Ross

Photography by Lu Ross

Photography was invented in the 1820s and it wasn't until the early 1940s that photography officially became an art form. So the question is "What makes a photograph fine art?"

Fine art photography is characterized by the artist’s approach to creating a unique piece of art.

Unlike commercial photography or photojournalism, fine art photography is the artist’s pursuit of a personal interest. It is an art form and it doesn’t matter if the images are of abstracts, landscapes, wildlife, or portraits.

The difference is that fine art photography is created with a specific intention and communicates a message.

To create a great fine art photograph you must focus on using beautiful light, excellent composition, and captivating content. It should be visually appealing, have technical excellence and be conceptually engaging.

Photography is just another art medium and as such it’s subject to the artist’s interpretation. Even though being in the field requires technical precision, the RAW image is merely the canvas from which to continue the creation.

The use of post-processing tools can enhance the final piece by focusing on highlighting the intent and message in the image.

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