ExecutiveChronicles.com | In the past few years, the accessibility of photography has become so high that almost anyone can train themselves to be a photographer. Of course, taking photos and being a photographer are two completely different things, and just because the accessibility to the tools needed has become easier, doesn’t mean that the process of creating striking images has also become more straightforward.
In fact, it could be argued that it is harder than ever to create photos with meaning because viewers are bombarded with so many images on a regular basis.
However, if you are still keen on creating images that speak to the viewer and have a strong sense of purpose and vision, then read on for three tips for transforming your photos into pieces of fine art.
1. Know your message.
While there isn’t one agreed-upon definition of fine art photography, there are a few elements that can be looked at in order to assist in defining what it is.
First and foremost, the artist’s vision is of utmost importance as fine art is about an idea, a message, or an emotion, and the work needs to have that communicated in it. The vision could be something small and local or a message that has universal application, whether the mission is a single word or a complete statement, the important thing is that it is there guiding the creation from the beginning.
Knowing your message is the first hurdle and can often be the most time-consuming part of the process. If you aren’t sure where you want to go with your fine art photography, sit down and brainstorm the topics that you feel passionately about and the messages you want to convey to your audience.
Ask yourself what subjects you tend to be drawn to and which techniques you would like to include in your work. Answering these questions will ensure you are on the right path to creating work with enough weight that it can be considered fine art photography.
2. Don’t neglect the editing process.
No matter how talented you are at capturing a moment, or how satisfied you are with the results of your latest shoot, you are almost always able to improve your photos through some editing and post-processing tweaks. When you sit down to edit your images, ensure you are easing into the edits because, when it comes to photo editing, less is (usually) more.
Following the advice of a top business portrait photographer, start by making your edits in this order: contrast, brightness, shadows, ambiance, and structure. When going through these steps, ensure that you are especially disciplined when adjusting clarity and saturation as these can quickly be taken too far resulting in extremely unnatural-looking images which are a surefire way of missing the mark when it comes to fine art photography.
3. Study the professionals and create a community.
When it comes to creative pursuits such as photography, sometimes the best thing you can do is study the masters and learn from their process while you figure out yours. Some of the best photographers in Dubai specialize in concept photography which seeks to turn a simple idea into a brilliant fine art piece. By always looking for new ideas and creative ways to express those ideas, these photographers offer a tailored service for each brief.
If you are serious about improving upon your photography skills, look to create an online or offline community with those whom you can continually share your work and request feedback. Building a community is a fantastic way to keep yourself accountable and to gain more experience, which, over time, will help you improve your photo-taking and editing skills.
Have you ever wanted to inject a feeling of fine art to your photographs? If so, what methods have you found to work?
Alternatively, if you find yourself struggling a little bit, what are you having a hard time figuring out? Let us know about your experiences and any questions you may have in the comments below!
Stefanie Descheemaecker is the Studio Manager at Stu Williamson Photography at The Palm Jumeirah – Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. She has been with the company for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the success of the business. A keen amateur photographer, Stef combines her natural creative eye with a strong business acumen to help Stu Williamson Photography become the most trusted and successful photography business in the UAE.