What is photo artistry?
If you ask anyone the question “What does the phrase photo artistry mean?” you would probably get as many different answers as people you asked. To me, photo artistry means taking a photo you shoot and blending it with other elements to create an artistic composition. The photo above is a good example of my take on photo artistry. You may recognize the lightning photo from another post. The addition of the pond and the reflection of the storm in the water was all done to create a totally different photo than existed before. In my opinion it allows you to take your photos to wherever your imagination can take you.
Why photo artistry?
I admit photo artistry isn’t for everyone. Some photography purists might have a problem with enhancing photos like this. If that’s your opinion it’s OK. But for me photo artistry has helped me with my creativity and is a creative outlet when I’m stuck indoors and might not be able to go out and practice my photography. Only you can decide if photo artistry is something you want to try. If it looks interesting to you then keep reading to find out how to get started.
How do you learn photo artistry?
For me, I found a course called “Fine Art Grunge Composition” by Sebastian Michaels. Let me make it clear right here that my endorsement of this course is not compensated in any way. I don’t make a commission if you sign up for anything. The reason I’m mentioning the course is because it’s how I got started. My main goal was to find a way to learn Adobe Photoshop because of the steep learning curve. What I’ve learned in the courses put out by Sebastian Michaels has been something it would have taken me years to learn surfing the internet. I actually have taken all of the courses on the site and am happy to say that I’m a member of the advanced Kaizen group. Although I joined to get better at Photoshop for my photography business, I learned that giving some of my photos an extra artistic treatment gave me great joy and satisfaction. I have several printed on canvas and decorating my home. I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to take that step were it not for the photo artistry courses I completed.
Do I have to be an artist to do photo artistry?
In a word, no. Does it help to know about composition, lighting and colors beforehand? Yes, and if you are a photographer you should have this foundation. But even if you are just starting out in photography you will learn so much from the video lessons included in the courses. You also get to see step by step how some of the best digital artists actually put their artwork together. You’ll learn a lot of tips and tricks in Photoshop that will enhance your photography and take it to new levels. Some of the lessons encourage you to get out and do photo walks to encourage you to think creatively and also come back with awesome photos you can either use as a base for a composition or as textures to enhance your photos to bring them into the artistic realm.
Is photo artistry for me?
Only you can answer that question. My experience has been positive. It seems from the members on the various Facebook pages that the experience has been positive for them. But each person is different. Your goals and vision for success may be different than mine. That’s OK too. The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy your photography. If you want to add photo artistry to your skill set, then have a look at this or one of the other courses on the site. You may be amazed where the journey takes you. You can view the courses here.
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