Friday, December 30, 2011

The difference between a picture and a fine art photograph.

I think the most difficult part of being a prolific photographer is selecting those prints that are not just pretty pictures.  Photographers who have had formal training might address composition and content.  Without that kind of education, I have to rely on hmmmm.... composition and content.

I am learning PhotoShop and have even started manipulating some of my photos, adding texture, color as well as turning them into something  abstract.  My first subject, a Ferris Wheel,  at Chicago's Navy Pier.

But quite frankly, beyond taking macro, manipulating a photo is not me.  I am not sure that this is the kind of photography I want to sell.   

So where does that leave me with all those beautiful pictures that are not "wall art"?  You know....... the ones that look picture post card perfect.

They look great in a photo album or slide show.  Certainly they are fun to share with family and friends.  I love reliving a travel experience, so I view them time and time again.  I may even enter several in  photo contests, but they are not exactly what one would consider wall art.

My next area of exploration as an outlet for my photography is free lancing for a magazine, hard copy and/or internet.  I suspect having ones photos accepted when you are completely unknown might be a "being in the right place at the right time" kind of thing.  So.....if anyone reading this blog has any advice, it would be more than welcome.

Wishing everyone out there a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year.  Let this be the year people learn to live side by side in peace. ~ Arlene

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