What Is the Difference Between Photography and Fine Art Photography?

What Is the Difference Between Photography and Fine Art Photography?

Calming Morning is a landscape photograph of a historic stone wall and a single tree standing in the middle of a field on a foggy morning. Photograph was created on the grounds of Brandywine Creek State park located in Wilmington Delaware.


From the moment the camera was created there has always been an argument about whether or not photography is actually an art form. This argument is mainly based on the fact that the image itself is capture inside a piece of equipment rather than the equipment applying or carving the artists vision. Other reasons for the argument is because a camera can be used quickly to document things and well, in this day and age everyone owns a camera. So the vast majority of people feel that photography is not an art form and usually disregard it. Today, I would like to define the difference between Photography and Fine Art Photography in hopes that people will better understand the craft.

Photography is a very broad field, it can be used for documentary, scientific, educational, commercial, artistic, and personal purposes.  With the exception of personal use and artistic each purpose has little to no creativity applied to it. In no way shape or form am I saying that there is no skill in these fields. All I am saying is most of the skills required in these field are technical based not creative based. Images are used every day in ads, on packages, on the computer, in books, flyers, magazines and on TV and I believe this could also be playing a part in the reduction of the value of photography as an art form in people’s eyes. These types of photographs are created to be informative and for you the consumer to buy the product or object being displayed.

What is personal use photography?

Personal use photography usually revolves around things in a persons’ life, such as a wedding, special event, portraits, and your candid family pics at the BBQ. These images have sentimental value but little value outside of the home of the people being photographed. However, I believe that professional portrait and wedding photographer are artists because they are creating an image that invokes emotions in the people involved; this is most apparent in Wedding Photography. There are some amazing Wedding Photographers that can creatively depict the beauty, love, a sense of peace or comfort on one of the most important and yes, stressful days of a couples life.

What is Fine art Photography?

About this Floral / Nature Photo: Tranquil Carolina Spring Beauty is a beautifully inspiring nature photograph of a white and purple flowers in full bloom found on the forest floor. A soft dream like overlay was applied to this photograph to give an artistic touch and the feeling of tranquility when viewed. Title: Tranquil Carolina Spring Beauty Nature Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Fine Art Nature Photography Item ID #: NAT-2145


Fine Art photography is also known as photographic art or artistic photography. The idea behind the genre, is to capture a rendition of a subject, ranging in topics in a different perspective than it is normally viewed on a day to day basis. Fine Art photographs are usually produced with a more personal approach rather than a commercial approach. This personal approach is what creates the impressions, moods, and atmosphere of the scene. A Fine Art Photographer looks more towards the aesthetic of a subject rather than documenting the overall subject matter. The aesthetic could be anything thing from a physical detail to a concept. Fine Art photography is very subjective, meaning that there will be people who love it and people who hate it. Either way the artist creates the artistic photo because they love to create from their heart, not for public demand. If the piece of work is sold its because the individual loved the piece enough to hang it on their wall to view it every day.


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