How to Improve Your Fine Art Photography

via How to Improve Your Fine Art Photography – PictureCorrect.

How do you proceed to grow and develop as a fine art photographer? Basically, regular use of your camera with deliberate intent, while paying attention to the following, is what brings it about.

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“THE THINKER!” captured by Irene Drawman

1. PURSUE THE GOAL

To make images that stir the viewer’s thinking and emotions.

2. DEVELOP YOUR “SEEING” SKILLS

It’s the first and most important skill that you need to learn.

Seeing Exercises. Set aside 45 minutes from time to time around your home, with your camera and a subject that has your sustained interest. Relax for a few minutes then start taking pictures. Study part of your subject for a moment or two, then re-focus on another part of your subject and study it for a while. Become aware of colors and shapes. See how many details you can find. Then note the following:

  • Personal responses: Tune in to your feelings/thoughts as you locate the subject matter.
  • Impression: Look at your chosen subject matter, or any part of it, and see it simply as a geometric shape or an arrangement of geometric shapes. Note the position where things look most graphically appealing.
  • Expression: What does the subject matter seem to express in the way of sensation? Rough/smooth? Hot/cold? Sharp/dull? Hard/soft? Moving/still? What about emotion and mood? Love/hate? Joy/sadness? Anger/delight? Peace/turmoil? Tranquility/disturbance? Respond with your perceptions of sensation and emotion.
  • Meaning: What ideas does the subject matter seem to suggest? Respond with your intellect.
  • Subject Theme: In view of your personal responses, the graphic impression, what is expressed and seems to be said, decide upon a subject theme, the main idea/feeling you wish to convey to the picture viewer…………….. follow the link to read further
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About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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