• Nazareth Black

Turning Photography into Art

For many, the act of taking pictures with our smartphones has become so automatic that we hardly think about what it is we’re capturing or how we can turn those images into art. But photography doesn’t have to be seen as just documentation of your life. There are certain practices that can help you turn your favorite pictures into photographs that elicit an emotional response in the viewer and create an aesthetic experience that lingers long after they’ve finished looking at them. Here are some tips to turn your photography into art!

1. Art Can Be Defined


It’s easy to define art as simply as a creative expression that's intended to be beautiful. However, some people will say that it must also be seen as a reflection of humanity and society, too. In order for it to be considered art, there needs to be a thought process involved in its creation—whether or not there is any intention of it being widely viewed by others doesn't matter. Whether you’re a beginning photographer or a seasoned pro, you can create your own works of art through photography. We all see things differently from one another, so creating something unique is definitely possible.

2. The Importance of Taking Pictures


The number one reason that people take pictures is because they love to take pictures. The truth of that statement cannot be disputed. Most people will not admit it, but every picture was taken because of their own personal enjoyment, even if it's to show off to someone else later. Taking pictures also has another advantage - you get better with each shot you take! As you gain experience and know-how, your photos will improve along with them. It is an incredible feeling to sit back, look at your photo collection over time, and see how much progress you have made as a photographer. All artists feel pride in their work. Whether it's a painter admiring his latest masterpiece or a band member listening to their most recent hit song, having created something adds special meaning to any item - no matter what that creation may be.

3. Don't Capture Every Moment


Capturing every moment may seem like a great idea, but it can also become unproductive and distracting. To take truly great photos, you need to stay focused. Learn how to do that by setting your camera on a tripod or simply resting it on something sturdy (like your hip) and using a timer (or manual shutter release) to take pictures. The timer will allow you time to be in position for each shot and will force you to slow down and think about what you're doing; otherwise, these little moments of art will pass by quickly without you realizing what you've missed. Your photographs won't necessarily look better because they were taken with a tripod—but you'll definitely notice a difference when looking back at them later. Good composition trumps everything else in photography.

4. Experimenting With Lighting


It’s one of those things that’s both really important and easy to ignore—but play around with your lighting. It’s a critical part of photography, and not just for capturing great shots; lighting also affects how we feel in photos. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, natural light is best (and always free). The less stuff between you and your light source, and larger your light source is, often better. If you want to give something a nice glow without adding an unflattering flash or other harsh effects, try wrapping it in white cloth or paper to reflect/bounce some soft light back onto it. Even an open window works as a giant bounce card! Likewise, if you're taking portraits outside with a friend, have them stand on one side to create shadow. Avoid black backgrounds if possible as they tend to swallow up skin tones and images appear flat. Play with perspective too; tilting down at your subject can help them stand out against neutral backgrounds like snow or sand.

4. Mix Up Your Editing Styles


There are many different ways to edit your photos, but there are also many different genres of photography. For example, if you’re photographing weddings or engagement sessions, your editing style might differ from that of a fashion photographer or portrait artist. Mix up your editing styles for fun or to create a certain look for a particular type of photo shoot. If you’re interested in an artistic approach to your wedding photography, experiment with dark room-inspired edits using red filter effects and dodge/burn tools that bring out details in shadows and highlights alike. Also, don’t forget to use more than one type of texture on both your subjects and backgrounds. You can even mix multiple textures (from light-colored wood grain to grungy city streets) within one image by changing things like exposure levels, subject distance, color saturation levels and more. And remember—while most photographers have their own unique editing styles that they fall back on time after time—it doesn't hurt to step outside your comfort zone every once in a while just for kicks!

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