Why is photography an art

Photography: an art in itself

In a world dominated by selfies, many people think they are the next Russell James [1] when he beautifies his self-made works with a few filters. This ignorance is a thorn in the side of real photographers who have invested a lot of time in learning this art. Yet there are still people who appreciate photography and know that it is an important form of modern art.

Photography: from rare objects to mass-produced items

Many years ago, the creation of photos was reserved for professionals. Cameras were expensive, so they could only be bought by photographers who wanted to earn their daily bread with them. Not only was the apparatus expensive, but also the photographer's performance and the image. As a result, photos were taken in small numbers for special events. If you ask your grandparents how many photos they have of their wedding, you will be amazed: it will only be a handful.

With the advancement of technology, the first cameras came onto the market, which the average consumer could also afford. Ever since the spread of smartphones, everyone has one in their pocket and is not afraid to take a photo of any (unimportant) object anytime, anywhere. What often falls by the wayside is that certain something. Photography is an art of artfully capturing special, unique moments in life. However, if these moments are photographed en masse, they are no longer anything special.

Photography: art or craft?

When you talk to photographers, they split into two groups: some describe themselves as artists, others as craftsmen. The latter argue that artists create works while photographers depict them. Even in its early days, photography was a medium for creating independent works of art that were not possible with any other technology.

In the meantime, photography has generally established itself as an art form. Around the world there are exhibitions in museums, galleries and other platforms where photographic works are presented as an artistic medium.

The average consumer dance en masse with their snapshots. Every meal and the hundredth visit to the local café are captured in a photo. These photographs are a stark contrast to the works that artfully capture special moments.

Learn the art of photography

Fortunately, there are also average consumers who are enthusiastic about photography and don't want to turn it into a mass-produced item. They read tutorials on the Internet and find out about the topic in order to take the best possible photos and capture the moments addressed.

They are supported by professional photographers who pass on their knowledge. This group also includes the experienced professionals from Stare Studio, who offer beginners a crash course in photography. The course not only teaches theory, but also puts what has been learned into practice. After all, photography is an activity that cannot be learned from theoretical information.

Get to know your instrument

The problem with many amateur photographers is their lack of knowledge. Without this, no one will achieve commendable results in any particular field. In the field of photography, knowledge begins with the camera. It is not uncommon for overzealous amateur photographers to buy a single lens reflex camera without having the slightest idea of ​​the basic functions of this device. Without this knowledge, the selection of this product cannot be made. A detailed guide to buying an SLR is available here.

If you know your camera, you only need information about the photography itself:

  • How do you deal with different lighting situations?
  • What do exposure time and aperture have in common?
  • Which lens is suitable for which situation?
  • What do the different ISO values ​​stand for?
  • How are the photo file formats different?

The art of photography lies in practice

No photographer has managed overnight to have his works of art shown in exhibitions around the globe. The same applies to hobby photographers who do not pursue this goal at all, but simply want to capture the most beautiful moments of their life as well as possible. They achieve this goal by obtaining comprehensive information on the subject of photography, attending a workshop and then putting their knowledge into practice. Every photographer will learn from mistakes and avoid them in the next photo. In a few months and years you will look back with pride on your initial attempts and realize how much you have developed.


[1] Victoria Secrets ↩ in-house photographer