Alex has been a photographer since he was in grade school. He thoroughly enjoys various arts, and he participates in some of them at times.
My Experience With Fine Art Photography
I've been taking photos since I was a boy. Back in those days, I still needed to have the film developed in a store! Some of you may be too young to know what I'm going on about, but others will remember fondly those days. Fine art photography is my favorite style of art synthesis. I am an art education and a fine arts major at my university. I believe that the fine arts are essential for everyone, regardless of other pursuits. I took a photography course, at university. The course was called "Photo Imaging - Creative Workflow". It was honestly incredibly helpful, as I needed not only to learn the correct terms, but I needed to figure out how to use a DSLR camera.
I also took a LinkedIn Learning class, called "Silhouette Photography: Shooting and Post Processing". I enjoyed it, but silhouette photography is not my focal point in the art. But, who knows - that may change. And, change can be good. As with business, the practice of art, in the wild - so to say, is where mastery can be developed. Of course, many art classes require a significant quantity of the manifestations of one's work, but there is something pure when one makes art just for art - with no ties to money, nor a grade, to it.
Types Of Cameras
Despite what others in the field may tell you, I am convinced that the price of the camera is, generally speaking, less important than the eye of the artist. I sometimes use my DSLR camera, which I got with help from my Mom, as well as my work for Uber eats. This camera was about $1,000. I also frequently use my Android phone's camera, and said phone was maybe about $30. I had also purchased a camera, for my trip to Poland and Ukraine, that was somewhere between those two numbers (perhaps around $250).
My point is, simply, that the price matters, but it is not what makes a good photographer. A good photographer takes the right kinds of pictures, at the right times of day, with the correct kind of interpretation. The art of photography is something that is not merely bought with the camera; as with all art, there needs to be a learned talent for the craft. I once purchased a camera that was even cheaper than the phone, and the quality was not what I would hope for. Thus, the quality of the camera matters, to an extent. However, the best camera will not magically produce the best pictures. And, it's okay to experiment with different kinds of cameras. Like I already mentioned, I jump between my professional camera and my phone. If all you have is a phone - don't be disheartened! Great photographs are out there, just waiting to be taken; whether through an Apple phone, or through a DSLR camera. In a world where anyone can take a photo, anytime - fine art photography is about capturing something new, unique, and/or relevant.
I believe that, for photograph as an art form - the title is essential to the finished product. Fine art photography requires some kind of story to be told, with the help of the artist. Photograph titles can be intimate interpretations of the inner impressions of the photographer. My photo titled "Another World" plays on the realization that a microcosm can hold a unique experience for the viewer. Or, they may be clever. I titled one image "The Yellow Organism" with bright-red mushrooms as the focal point. The title is intentionally misleading, which makes something that isn't clever, quite brilliant! They might not be clever at all. They may be intentionally the opposite, which is also clever. I titled one black and white photograph simply "Black". Tossing all three kinds of titles into a kind of salad ensures that the observer doesn't get bored with habitual, established titles. The titles can be a doorway into the mind of the artist. And, it is the artist who makes the art special. The artist is often at the center of the art.
There is a lot of talk, in certain communities, about business-savvy people creating artificial scarcity in a market. Scarcity can be a good thing in fine art. I love observing an artists work, and I sometimes get anxious when they do not produce more - but, the absence of something can give it greater value. Our lives are so precious to us, partially because they are so very short. With that in mind, one reason I do not take more photographs (although, I do take a great amount of them) is to ensure their value. When I only present my best work, I help to give my work a kind of value that wouldn't occur if I made pictures for the world all the time.
Breaking The Rules
One things I like to consider in my art is the ability to break the rules set by others in the field. There is a tradition of this kind of rule-breaking in the fine arts. Many artists love the notion that the standards that are placed can be intentionally ignored. Think of the Dada movement, or contemplate the work of abstractionist expressionists. Rules can serve as a good starting point, but the professional is altogether free to leave from the regulations of the regular, transcending the worlds of standardized synthesis. The student, in the studio, needs to listen to the notions of barriers, but the master has no such notions, permitting her imagination to bring her along to new and undiscovered heights.
Conclusions On Fine Art Photography
Fine art photography is an awesome art-form. I have loved it, since I was a boy. It's an incredible art, and should be respected for its complexity and sophistication in the realm of fine art. It is a beautiful part of my life.
Do You Have A Camera?
© 2021 Alexander James Guckenberger
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 21, 2021:
I found this article to be very interesting. I believe photography is a find art form, but I sure don't have the knowledge that you do. Thanks for sharing all of this good information, Alex.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 21, 2021:
Alex, thanks for sharing fine art. My first camera is a kodak share button. It has been stolen.
Alexander James Guckenberger (author) from Maryland, United States of America on July 21, 2021:
Umesh Chandra Bhatt,
Thank you, as well!
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 20, 2021:
Well presented. Thanks.