Fine art photography: what you need to shoot amazing photo projects at home

Fine art photography: what you need to shoot amazing photo projects at home

Why shoot fine art photography? Easy. It’s the sheer pleasure you get from creating, shooting and post-producing fine art photos at home, especially as the weather gets colder and the nights draw in.

In this fine art photography tutorial we’ll show you how to find, set up and shoot amazing still life photography subjects at home at no cost.

Fine art photography: what you need to shoot amazing photo projects at home

Images by Ben Birchall

A loose definition of fine art photography is any image that’s taken for the pure purpose of viewing pleasure. Not for commercial or editorial use and not for illustration.

Fine art is total voyeuristic photography and the end product, whether you use it on your website or get it printed and hung in your living room, will be a powerful statement of your own original interpretation of photographic art.

The best way to approach fine art photography and the main difference from most other disciplines is that there’s no brief to fulfil. You’re in control of the shooting environment and it really does inspire completely original creativity.

The easiest place to start looking for ideas is the garden shed or kitchen. There you’ll find unusual objects and props that will inspire creative thought.

Why not spend a morning at a charity shops or garage/car-boot sale, looking for inspiration? Even rusty nails can become fine art using the camera tips and photo composition techniques you’ll see here. Try basing your composition, lighting and even your post production around your props – and you’ll find the process is really much more fun!

What makes a great fine art image

Interesting subject matter is vital, along with careful attention to clean and balanced composition. Visual puns can raise the fine art bar, such as the ‘nutcracker’ shot at the top of this page, along with artistic, textured layers and mono work in the digital darkroom.

Fine art photography: what you need to shoot amazing photo projects at home

Why this shot works

  • Simple subjects in an uncluttered for frame for maximum artistic impact.
  • Placing an object outside its usual use can inject an artistic dimension.
  • Consider contrasty or complementary backgrounds for the subject matter.
  • Toning and textures feature heavily, giving an instant arty appeal.

PAGE 1: What makes great fine art photography?
PAGE 2: Essential gear for shooting fine art photography at home?
PAGE 3: Best props to use for your fine art still lifes
PAGE 4: Best Photoshop treatments for fine art photography

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