Photography – Art or Not?

Photography is used to preserve memories of favorite times, to capture special moments, to tell stories, to send messages, and as a source of entertainment. It has been called both an art and a science. It is an art form not unlike painting. A career in photography is often chosen because of its lifestyle and creative outlet. Photography is probably the most influential medium of the modern era.

Ways We Use Photography

Glamour photography is popular in advertising and in men’s magazines. Street photography is a type of documentary photography that usually features people in candid situations in public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions, and other settings. The unique thing about still photography is that it forces you to stop, it forces you to think. Food photography is similar to still life photography, but requires some special skills. Nature photography is a rewarding experience for the photographer and also for the people who get to view the results. Aerial photography is used today as a source to collect a wide variety of information, including the location of transportation routes, streams, lakes, and the outlines of buildings and farm fields. Out of the various styles of photography recognized today, sports photography is favored most, probably for the thrill and excitement associated with it. For many, wedding photography is a dream job -getting paid to go to parties and take pictures.

All photographers are competing against an enormous pool of others at every skill level. As a photographer you need to learn how to make yourself soar above all the other turkeys out there. The photographers job is to use all their skills and techniques to bring meaning to a picture.

The tools of photography change all the time and these changes effect what we can do in the making a photograph. New photographic visions can arise from these technological changes. But for me, photography isn’t about tools: it’s about connecting with other people through your unique vision of the world. I personally feel that photography is another form of art like painting and I judge it based on whether the artists’ expression talks to me.

Digital Photography As Art

Artistic expression through photography can be a rewarding hobby and can sometimes lead to a secondary career. Digital photography as a form of art has been gaining in popularity in recent years. As digital technology improves and camera prices continue to fall anyone can participate in this art medium.

To produce digital photography art you need to have: some basic equipment, a little training, and a willingness to experiment. You see, digital photography art is part skill and part expression. Once you have the equipment a little training can help open your eyes to the possibilities available through this means of expression.

For the beginning digital photography artist any decent quality digital camera will do. As you expand your horizons you’ll want to add other equipment (tripod, lenses, external flashes, filters, etc.). Dedicate some time learning advanced techniques and understanding the equipment available before you make any big purchases. Once you have a solid understanding of how equipment will be used, you’ll be able to make a better informed purchase decision when the time comes.

As you get started in the hobby of digital photography art, I highly recommend looking into classes. Photo classes are typically a lot of fun and teach you things from basic rules of composition to advanced photography techniques to specifics about your equipment. There are even free digital photo classes [] offered online.

As you get more into the hobby, you’ll begin to expand your horizons. Good digital photography art often breaks the rules of traditional photography, but every good digital photography artist has a solid foundation in traditional photographic technique.

As you grow your skills, you’ll find photo opportunities present themselves in the most unlikely of places. Don’t rule anything out. Some of the most highly regarded artistic photos arise from obscure subjects. This is where the willingness to experiment comes into play. Shooting in digital is free. Shoot often and you’ll soon develop an eye for artistic photography. Keep at it long enough and you’ll begin to see the world as “frames”. You won’t be able to go for a walk without spotting something you want to shoot to capture a certain feeling. This is the point at which, many say, you’ve become a digital photography artist.