I had the absolute pleasure in meeting a young budding photographer who is interested in becoming a multi media artist. She was bubbling with enthusiasm and had a million questions about fine art photographer. So it had me thinking....... and these are my top 10 tips.
Fine art photography is a beautiful and expressive medium that allows photographers to showcase their creativity and artistic vision. However, capturing stunning fine art photos isn't always easy. It takes time... effort...patience and a willingness to push boundaries. Here are 10 tips to help you capture stunning fine art photography.
Before you start shooting, take some time to find inspiration. Look at other fine art photographers' work, visit art museums, and explore different genres of photography. This will help you develop your own artistic style and vision.
Don't be afraid to experiment with different techniques like long exposures, double exposures, and intentional camera movement. These techniques can help you create unique and compelling images.
PLAY WITH LIGHT
Light is the most important element in photography, and it can make or break your image. Experiment with different types of light, like natural light, artificial light, and ambient light, to create a mood or tell a story.
Pay attention to composition, Composition is the foundation of any good photo. Use the rule of thirds, leading lines, and negative space to create a balanced and visually interesting image.
Choose the right lens: The right lens can make all the difference in your photo. Wide-angle lenses are great for landscapes and cityscapes, while telephoto lenses are ideal for portraits and wildlife photography. However, saying that I use a 16-35mm lens for underwater portraiture, which is not a lens that is used for portraiture
Edit with intention: Editing is an essential part of fine art photography, but it's important to edit with intention. Don't go overboard with filters and effects, and make sure your editing enhances the mood and feel of your image. Compositing editing is very exciting and that is where I can spend hours upon hours creating.
Shoot in RAW: Shooting in RAW gives you more control over your image in post-processing. It allows you to adjust exposure, white balance, and other settings without losing quality.
Don't be afraid to break the rules: Rules are meant to be broken, and the same goes for photography. Don't be afraid to try something new or go against conventional wisdom to create a unique and impactful image.
Keep it simple stupid: Sometimes the most powerful images are the simplest. Don't overcomplicate your image with too many elements or distractions. Keep it simple and focus on the main subject. Sometimes I have found my favourite images to just be the hands or the lips.
Practice, practice, practice: Like any skill, fine art photography takes practice. Don't be discouraged if your first few attempts aren't perfect. Keep shooting, experimenting, and learning, and you'll eventually capture stunning fine art photos that you're proud of.
Photography is a lifetime of learning, failing, bending rules, heartbreak, love discovery, pushing boundaries. At the end of the day ART IS SUBJECTIVE! If you like that shot... then it is a keeper. Take it home, down load it, edit it and whack it up on your wall for all to see.
Good luck with your photography journey .... I'm looking forward to seeing your work. Please share x