The essentials of fine art

What does it take to make fine art images? And for nature photographers, what should we look for? A noted photographer I most admire lists 16 “essential aspects of Fine Art Photography regardless of which scenes we photograph, what subject we are studying or what next step we are working towards.”


From his article Fine Art Photography Top 16, I present what master photographer Alain Briot considers as the essentials:

1. Become An Expert In Light
2. Compose Your Images Carefully
3. Study Colors And Contrast
4. Create Images That Represent What You Felt, Not Just What You Saw
5. Focus On Quality Not Quantity
6. Master Both Art And Technique
7. Master All The Aspects Of Fine Art Photography
8. Optimize Your Photographs Using Layers In Photoshop
9. Make The Final Print Your Goal
10. Mat And Present Your Work In A Professional Manner
11. Focus Your Work And Efforts On Projects
12. Share Your Work With Others And Build An Audience
13. Do Not Try To Recreate The Wheel
14. Create A Personal Style
15. Do Not Expect Success Overnight
16. Do Not Overestimate Talent

Alain Briot has brief explanations for each of the above items. I encourage you to read the article and get a grasp on what fine art photography is all about which, by the way, can be summed up in the article’s opening quote by Robert Motherwell: “The purpose of the artist is to express reality as felt.” It boils down to the photographer’s vision – from interpretation to execution, from composition to capture, from processing to presentation, from showmanship to style. You will know a fine art image when you see one – it has the stamp of professionalism and the mark of mastery. Have a wonderful, colorful week ahead!


12 responses

  1. I love this, it’s an excellent reminder! Thank you for posting this. 🙂

    April 8, 2013 at 2:17 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you too Amanda!

      April 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

  2. I love this. I really enjoyed reading the various points. Informative and confirming my vision of my self as on the path of being an artist.

    April 8, 2013 at 5:01 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Walter! You are an artist. I confirm it.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

  3. Yikes! This looks like a painting.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:47 am

    • Junsjazz

      Its a photo Mary-Ann. Thanks!

      April 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

  4. Lovely Image!

    April 9, 2013 at 2:40 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thank you Aniket!

      April 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

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  6. Thanks for pointing me in this direction and thanks for liking my photography. Now I’ve subscribed to Alain Briot’s newsletter!

    April 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

    • Junsjazz

      Good for you Alison. Glad to be of help. Keep on clicking with your writings and photography. Thanks and best regards! ~JJ

      April 30, 2013 at 2:24 am

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