Fine art photography requires a way of thinking that very few have. When someone looks at your artwork hung on the wall, what do they see and feel? Good artwork, regardless of the medium it’s in, stirs positive feelings, emotions, and hones enthusiasm for the artist. Art photography is the result of using your camera with intent and knowing how to photograph different types of subject matter in a new light.
With that being said, no one is born with amazing photography skills, and plenty of them need to be learned along the way. The path to getting people to purchase your photographs from local galleries is a long one, but if you’re willing to hone the necessary skills, it’s possible. To help you get started, here are four skills every great art photographer should have:
1. The Ability To Use Imagination
Fine art photography is interesting and fresh because the photographers behind the artwork know how to use imagination to portray their subject matter. Most photographers have a good dose of imagination already, but you know you’ve reached a turning point if you can see interest in everyday objects and you can mentally “see” them in your mind’s eye are a work of art.
2. Fresh Ways Of Looking At Mundane Scenery
A good photographer doesn’t just take photos, they know how to take mundane scenery and objects, and turn them into something different and thought provoking. For example, anyone can photograph a tree, but the little nuances such as the curves of the trunk, the shape of the branches, and the surrounding landscape can give it a surprisingly different appeal.
3. The Act Of Isolating A Subject Matter
Every picture taken has something worth isolating, and placing extra attention on. You can take a photograph of a man walking in a tunnel, but what makes that photograph interesting? You need to know the particular area that needs to be isolated to make the greatest impact.
4. Infusing Expression And Meaning Into Images
Almost everything can have meaning, and oftentimes, the way you choose to incorporate surroundings or place objects next to each other creates symbolism. Oftentimes, the problem is that symbolism is easily misconstrued. Before taking photographs, spend some time thinking about the expression and meaning of your imagery.
Success is not an overnight process, and it can take years to develop the skills necessary to become gallery worthy. However, if you’re passionate enough, you will get there!