Fine Art Flower Photography.


What exactly is Fine Art Photography?

Many people have many different ideas as to what Fine Art Photography should be, and some even believe it is a load of garbage – photography is just photography any one can do it.


Just as there are many different opinions on Photography in general and the use of Photoshop and the way people are processing their images.


Fine Art Photography is hard to define.

Perhaps the term Artistic Expression would help to clarify images that are classified as Fine Art.


There are some people who view the use of tools and photo shop as cheating when it comes to Photography as well.

The Photographer has available his tools of the trade – lenses, filters etc. These tools help him to create a better image than some one who takes snap shots.

The Photographer also avails himself of other digital tools such as Photo shop to enhance his images even further. Very much like the old days in the dark room where every attempt was made to improve or change an image for the better.


There are many Photographers who don’t use these tools and perhaps prefer a more natural looking image, captured in a professional way.


Neither way is right or wrong but simply different.

Photography is a huge minefield of controversy – where people relentlessly judge others work, and criticize those who have had the good fortune of making a lot of money from their work.

Is Photography an art form – Yes it is.

It takes more than technical knowledge to produce a great image.

It takes a good strong artistic sense and forethought along with the right tools, to create that Fine Art Image.



11 thoughts on “ Photography – A minefield of controversy ”

  1. Hi Karen. I agree on all your points, but I don’t like Photo Shop simply because it’s so darn difficult to learn. Some folks don’t have the time or desire to learn it which includes yours truly. Photoshop is fantastic in the right hands and I totally support it. Fine Art to me are those photos that have me say in my mind or out loud, OMG, how was this accomplished!!

    I’m am amateur and am totally happy with being so. I use simple apps to alter my photos and it’s good enough for me as I see my photos being not ultra perfect but being more “the way it is” style if that makes sense. Your photography is wonderful and always a welcome sight in my inbox. Keep up the excellent photography. ❤️ X

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  2. Terrific image and interesting thoughts, Karen. I look at the post-processing of an image- refining color, contrasts, etc. as similar to film photographers using darkroom techniques like dodging and burning. Ansel Adams famously relied on these techniques to finish his images. To me, it’s all part of the creative process and is a fine art process.

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  3. I wrote a piece early in my blogging experience along similar lines, but different, of course. I called it “When is a photograph?” I have no pretence to become a fine art photographer like you, Karen, but mixing it with talented people on the web has certainly encouraged me to experiment and try to lift my game. Only today I took an out of focus iPhone photo of a forget-me-not. Three years ago I would have just discarded it. Today, I actually thought about making something of it, then discarded it anyway! Cheers, Ken

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  4. an interesting post. I call myself a fine art photographer if anyone asks me what type of photography I do, but I don’t use any editing software apart from the cropping tool. I prefer my images to look natural and real, but I can see that for the commercial market it does seem to have become necessary to enhance them.

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  5. So nicely stated, Karen, and such a beautiful photograph.
    I feel that EVERY aspect of photography is an art form, from pressing the shutter, through the time spent editing. For me, the editing process helps me to convey the feeling I had when I made the photograph.

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  6. I really dislike the term Fine Art. What was once someone’s snapshots have now been interpreted as Fine Art. I’ve had a local studio tour decline my photography because they consider it not to be fine art, which enraged me and put me in a ‘screw them’ mode. I found when I cared less about what the ‘art community’ thought, the more creative I got and it moved me into a new level. Is Fine Art more beautiful, more ‘refined’? I don’t know. It’s an ongoing tension for many creatives.

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