Fine Art Photography Explained

The term fine art photography is probably a new term but it is so often heard now that it is a category by itself under the art of photography. Some people may, of course, be confused by the term ‘fine art’ being combined with ‘photography’. Since photography is an art form by itself, it is actually quite natural to combine it and come out with a fine art category.

Fine art, as we all know, is a form of art that showcases the artist’s skills in his or her masterpieces. Now, in this type of photography, instead of using brush and paint and canvas, the artist uses modern equipment, the camera, to express his creativity and piece of art. Thus, the artist cum photographer creates a masterpiece using light, camera, lens and digital photo editing.

Yes, this category of photography doesn’t merely mean the artist capturing pictures using his camera. Rather, the artist will capture images in a creative manner and further enhance his images using skillful photo editing. The image will be edited, or ‘painted’ using the computer, in such a way that it ended up as a beautiful piece of art instead of just a plain photograph.

Some photographers may scoff at this category of photographer artists and say that this group depends too much on the computer to ‘save’ their lousy photography skills. But let it be known that more often than not, the photographer is actually a very creative photographer who is able to capture creatively composed shots and then use his editing skills to further turn the images into works of art. The photographer is not merely relying on computer photo editing to save his ‘lousy photos’ but instead, he is using his artistic computer editing skill to further enhance and bring out the beauty of his work of art. It is rather similar to an artist who uses different colors to bring out his work of art.

Many people also tend to confuse an artistic photographer with a photographer who uses too much photo editing to enhance his photographs. To differentiate between photographers of different categories, you only need to look at his work. An artistic photographer will produce shots that are artistic, with depth and a composition that is similar to paintings while photographers of other categories, such as photojournalism or sports, will have a totally different style of composition, lighting and editing.

Nowadays, this special category photography can be applied to almost anything. If you want your pre-wedding photographs or even wedding day photographs to resemble that of an artistic masterpiece, all you need to do is to look for a skilled, creative fine art photographer to take gorgeous shots of you on your special day. You will not regret having such beautiful pictures of your wedding day or of you and your husband as photographs will last forever!

The New Study of Sumi-E Photography – The Art of Modern Ink Style Photography

Sumi-e photography is photography in the style of the Japanese ink brush painters – not only in the colours and textures, but in the subject matter as well. Neither filters nor digital manipulation are used. Rather, the natural light is captured from certain angles with a specific aperture and shutter speed to create an effect which is somewhere between a painting and a photo. The backgrounds emulate washi, or Japanese hand made paper, and ’empty space’ is left for calligraphy.

As the photos are printed onto an appropriate medium (water-colour paper, canvas), the calligraphy can be painted directly onto the photos – every print retains its individual character.

Similar to the masters of the traditional art form, it requires dedication, passion, concentration and above all clarity of the mind and heart to find truth and love in the new art.

The History of Sumi-e

The traditional style of ink painting in Japan has a rich and vivid history that spans over centuries. The “sumi-e” style was introduced Japan in mid-14th century by Korean missionaries. Trained in the art of concentration, clarity and simplicity, Sumi-e’s earliest practitioners were the highly disciplined monks. The masters dedicated themselves to the art form through years of reflection and strict discipline. In preparation they would make ink by grinding a solid ink stick (formed from the soot of pine branches) on stone and mixing it with water. Loading the brush (fude) they composed poems, stories, and characters in unique handwritten fonts on the delicate rice paper or silk scroll.

Prominent masters of the style are Sesshu Toyo, Tensho Shubun and Josetsu.

Norman Rockwell an Artist For the Ages – Art Book Review

Every once in a while a new artists hits the scene with a new style that takes us to a different place, capturing our imagination and human spirit. Norman Rockwell was indeed just such an artist, perhaps one of the best to ever walk the surface of the planet. Everyone who sees his work, takes a double take and is intrigued.

What if I told you that there was a way to be permanently intrigued by this great artist? What if I told you that you could own a piece of art history? Well, it just so happens there is a way. You see, I own a very nice art book with 50 of his greatest pieces displayed inside. It is a huge coffee table type book and will keep you in a pleasant state of mind for hours on end. It’s great for visiting guests too, the book is:

“50 Norman Rockwell Favorites” by Norman Rockwell, with introduction and assistance by Christopher Finch; Artabras Books, Crown Publishers, New York, NY; 1978. ISBN: 0-517-23358-4.

Every other page of this book has a giant almost life like picture, and on the opposite page is a couple of paragraphs describing it all. Many of the pictures in this collection you will recall and smile, you’ve no doubt seen many of them before at some time in your life.

Still, there are others you have not seen, and perhaps that is what makes this book so great. Just when you think you’ve already seen all of Norman Rockwell’s work, all of sudden there is another, and another, and you just say to yourself wow!