With the introduction of DSLR cameras, anyone and everyone is a photographer. These cameras are designed to deliver quality images with high resolution and detailing. The editing tools have also developed features which allow you to adjust, edit and recreate a bad picture to a good one. In between all this art photography has lost its true essence. Browsing through the internet we come across a lot of people who tag themselves as art photographers. The question is, are they actually art photographers?
To answer this question, one must understand what is art photography? What is the difference between normal photography and art photography? Well, a photograph which is created in accordance with the artist’s vision is known as art photography. It is something which revolves in the artist’s mind and he or she portrays it through photography. Here, photography is a medium to show the artist’s vision. Next, we have discussed some basic needs of a photographer.
It is very important to have a vision else you will end up creating nothing. When an artist has a vision of his creation, he knows which direction he must move on.
It all starts from an idea and fine photography is the idea to which an artist gives shape. The idea can be an emotion, a message, a thought or something abstract. It is not necessary that the idea has to be huge, a small thing can also mean a lot.
Now here is the part on which the artist needs to work. You may have the vision and the idea but the technique can ruin the final product. You need to be sure of the technique so that the vision can be portrayed through it.
The Body of Work
The final product is delivered through a body of work. Art photography depends on this factor which requires much attention. It is the medium which shows your vision, idea, and techniques.
Even though your work is expressive enough, still you need to give a statement. In art photography, artist’s statement is a direct explanation of their work. What do they want to say through this art? What is its importance? How they created it?
To become an art photographer you don’t have to acquire a certain degree nor do some course of studies. Yes, you need to fulfill the above-mentioned criteria to be an art photographer. You need to work on it passionately. Gather ideas, develop different techniques, have a particular vision, etc. Brainstorming is an effective way to jot down ideas. You simply have to ask yourself a few questions so that you are clear about your idea. Write down whatever comes in your mind, scribble, doodle it, do whatever you want to. There are no rules or a system of art photography.