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Photography as Both an Art and a Science

Photography can be described as both an art and a science. It allows us to convey and express our emotions and feelings. However, in order to do so expertly, we have to master the scientific aspect of the medium. The photographer is different from the poet, sculptor or painter in many ways, in so much as, taking the example of the painter, the painter has direct contact with his subject and his image. Whereas, of course, a photographer is separated from his subject by the camera and from his image by printers and computers today and by darkroom equipment in times past. But, regardless of some specific, unique aspects of the craft (which every medium possesses), the creative act of photography is every bit as much of an art form as is painting, poetry, sculpting, etc.

Photography as both an art and a science

The Scientific Aspect of photography

To accomplish mastery of the practical side of photography one must address only one of the two features of photography. Again, the scientific aspect of photography is extremely significant and learning about it is without a doubt worth your efforts and time. In fact, it’s a must. A mastery of the technicalities of the photographic craft leads to a mastery of the purely artistic aspects of photography. This is more true for photography than perhaps any other creative medium.

The Artistic aspect of Photography

Of course, the artistic aspects of photography are also very important to learn. But unfortunately, there appears to be a much lesser amount of available information on photography specifically as an art. It’s a fairly simple task to locate reams of great information, all freely available on the internet and in books, regarding all of the technical aspects of the craft of photography, but information regarding the purely artistic aspects seems to be significantly more scarce. This is, in my opinion, most likely due to the fact that most photographers do not consider themselves artists, nor what they do, really, as a true art. Most just view themselves either as people who enjoy capturing images, or gadget enthusiasts, or some other thing. But, very few consider themselves as being artists.

Learn the art and science of photography with pro-level Photoshop tutorialsIt is as if photographers, for the most part, revealed how far they need to gain knowledge about photographic science and are besieged and enthralled by equipment and technique, to the exclusion of any consideration for any artistic philosophy behind their interest in the craft. It may also be that some of the photographers, or photographic coaches, are not comfortable writing on photography as art, or be short of the practice and knowledge to do so.

So many times, taking high-quality photographs can give the impression of being a daunting task. Composing the image, coming up for the right moment and getting a hold on the technical aspects of digital photography can be somewhat baffling to newer photographers and photography enthusiasts. But, just being concerned with such purely artistic notions when composing your image shows that you are already halfway to making a compelling photograph. Well balanced images draw the observer in and will stand out from ones which have been taken without the photographer having given much consideration to its subject and context.

Listed below are few quick photography tips for beginner photographers:

  • Be Bold

Never permit yourself to get paralyzed by perturbing about the technical settings of your camera or by people surrounding you. Many times, just taking a shot without over thinking it will produced outstanding and sometimes astonishing results. If you stay too long, the chance will have passed.

  • Get Closer

Moving in closer to shots can also be accomplished with a lot of compact cameras, though shooting with a DSLR camera and a macro lens will produce the best results. Situating your camera to macro mode shows that you want to concentrate on subjects much closer than normal. Macro mode will also select a larger opening so that the subject will be in focus but the background will be blurred. However, if your camera permits manual focusing it will beĀ  easier to focus on the main point of interest.

  • Think About Both Portrait And Landscape Orientation

You can decide if your image should be portrait or landscape. For example, if you take a picture of a single person standing, then portrait is most often the correct orientation, as the photo would otherwise likely have a lot of redundant background area.

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While landscape orientation shows the logical option for scenic shots, you will sometimes be able to accomplish more dramatic effect if you turn the camera on its side and try taking the shot in portrait mode.

In most cases, it will be obvious if you should shoot a subject in portrait or landscape mode but sporadically it is less clear. It’s worth testing with both orientations to see which one will give you the best result. And, if you find that you have a natural tendency to shoot one or the other, (most new photographers tend to shoot every shot in the landscape orientation) force yourself, often, to shoot in the other orientation.


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