I want to thank one of my favorite photography bloggers over at Junjazz for pointing me to this great article Alain Broit that he wrote on Nature Photographers Online Magazine. I would love to hear your thoughts about this article and see if you can add anything to this list to help us all out.
The purpose of the artist is to express reality as felt. – Robert Motherwell
What are the most important aspects of Fine Art Photography? The answer to this question certainly varies from photographer to photographer because each of us places more importance on some aspects than on others. What follows is what I personally consider to be the most important aspects of Fine Art photography.
This list is excerpted from a longer list that I use for teaching during my workshops and seminars. The decision to create a shorter list, with only 16 items instead of 37, stemmed from the desire to focus on the essential aspects of Fine Art Photography regardless of which scenes we photograph, what subject we are study or what next step we are working towards. The resulting list is free from a particular teaching emphasis and represents what I look for in a Fine Art Photograph.
1 – Become An Expert In Light
2 – Compose Your Images Carefully
3 – Study Colors And Contrast
4 – Create Images That Represent What You Felt, Not Just What You Saw
5 – Focus On Quality Not Quantity
6 – Master Both Art And Technique
7 – Master All The Aspects Of Fine Art Photography
8 – Optimize Your Photographs Using Layers In Photoshop.
9 – Make The Final Print Your Goal
10 – Mat And Present Your Work In A Professional Manner
11 – Focus Your Work And Efforts On Projects
12 – Share Your Work With Others And Build An Audience
13 – Do Not Try To Recreate The Wheel
14 – Create A Personal Style
15 – Do not expect success overnight
16 – Do Not Overestimate Talent