What is Fine art Photography? April 18, 2020 by engelhk Next article A Tragic Year in Dayton is the Inspiration for Quilt Exhibition engelhk I am seasoned photographer, graphic artist/serographer, and videographer and animator. I picked up my first camera at age 14 inspired by my father's modest interest in taking family photos. I was always fascinated by the magic of photons being turned into a visible image on paper through the use of photo-sensitive coatings on paper and a little chemistry.My skills have evolved over the years transitioning through every technology from film and darkroom printing (both B/W and color) to today's digital environment. The themes of my images has varied over years: landscape and nature, weddings and portraits, video and animation, however the focus is always to evoke a feeling that will resonate for me and the viewer.What is Fine art Photography?These days with a camera in pretty much every phone, many think that taking a picture is no bigdeal; and if you are just snapping a selfie or a quick shot of something, thenit's not.However, that's not fine art photography. It's not applying an understanding of the craft ofphotography. True photography takes an understanding of the camera, it's characteristics: lens focal length, depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, and other camera characteristics, as well as seeing and manipulating light,color and texture, composition and how to use them or manipulate them to craft or capture a desired image. It may require hours of work, or time waiting for the right light as the sun sets for that special landscape photograph.Known also as "photographic art", "artistic photography" and so on, the term "fine art photography" has no universally agreed meaning or definition: rather, it refers to an imprecise category of photographs, created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer. The basic idea behind the genre, is that instead of merely capturing a realistic rendition of the subject, the photographer is aiming to produce a more personal - typically more evocative or atmospheric - impression. One might simplify this, by saying that fine art photography describes any image taken by a camera where the intention is aesthetic (that is, a photo whose value lies primarily in its beauty - see, Aesthetics) rather than scientific (photos with scientific value), commercial (product photos), or journalistic (photos with news or illustrative value).The end result of fine art photography is very different too. The goal isn't a magazine layout or a scrapbook (although the photography may be reproduced that way), the goal is frequently to be shown in art galleries, as wall decor in someone's living room or dining room or office, and then be appreciated by visitors to the gallery or the owner's home. All of which takes skill and understanding very similar to any other artist, painter, or sculptor.In today’s modern world, we are so swamped with images that it is hard to imagine just how special and unique someone's photography skills or photographs can be. However, if we take time to look in detail at the work of a fine art photographer, webegin to appreciate the skill required or the aesthetic captured by the artist; especially if it makes feel or see differently.