Master the art of composition.
When you understand the rules of composition, like the rule of thirds, you can then intentionally break those rules to further convey your ideas. The next time you’re doing a photoshoot, take some extra shots at odd or interesting angles. By comparing the images that either follow or break standard composition rules, you can find new ways to draw focus or communicate ideas.
Focus on your interests.
The best fine art happens when artists explore the topics that they’re passionate about. “Fine art photos can acknowledge the politics of representation and materiality,” notes Wilson. As the artist, it’s up to you what ideas you want to pursue and explore, but it’s easier to create worthwhile work when those ideas are important to you.
Pursuing the art of photography.
Fine art galleries, museums, businesses, and homes are the primary places fine art photos are displayed. Creating high-quality fine art photography prints is important for success. Whether you use a dark room to print your photos from film, or you perfect images digitally and have them printed, make sure you view your photos in the physical world. A photo communicates different ideas when seen on a phone screen than when it’s on the wall of an art gallery. Size, scale, and physicality all change the way a viewer interprets your work of art.
“Not everyone can be a fine art photographer exclusively. A lot of people do a lot of different things,” notes Tryforos. Because fine art is not usually created with a commercial purpose, most people can’t focus exclusively on creating fine art. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it.
Whether you pursue photography as a hobby or are a professional photographer who creates fine art on the side, you can keep making photos to share your ideas with the world. Fine art photography differs conceptually from other photography disciplines because it’s driven by the artists’ interests, ideas, and personal goals. Now’s the perfect time to explore your passions and make fine art photos that interest you.