My very first article for Digital Photography School was an article on fine art photography. Many people that I’ve talked to over the years believe that you need highly elaborate setups or expensive props in order to shoot fine art. I wanted to show that this wasn’t the case.
So I wrote an article that showed how you can create fine art photography using just window light, some simple backgrounds, and a simple, inexpensive prop. In this case, I took a trip to the local supermarket and ended up with some incredibly beautiful physalis from the fruit and vegetable aisle!
Anyone can have a go at creating this style of imagery. It’s also a great way to practice techniques like composition. By using the Fuji remote software, as I do in my tutorial, you can move elements of your photograph around while seeing the changes and effect in real-time. It’s one of the real advantages of using a mirrorless camera.
Postprocessing Techniques for Fine Art Photography
In this tutorial, I also looked at how you might use split toning. This helps create photography that has more of a fine art feel to it. Changing the colours of your photograph can make your images feel strange or detached from the ‘real world.’
Fine art photography is often as much about the mood of the image as it is the subject, so split toning or other techniques in software packages like Adobe Lightroom can be a useful tool for creating your vision.
You can use techniques like split toning in all kinds of different photography, from architecture to portraits. It is an eye-catching technique that will make your prints stand out in your portfolio or in camera club competitions!