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Creating Successful Photographs - Fine Art

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Out of all the different types of photography, fine art photography will always be the most sought after in my opinion.  Every photographer is an artist, and if most of them could make a living off of fine art, I'm sure they would. 

Fine art is a way to express yourself, state your opinions, create or capture beauty and more, and it gives you the opportunity to photograph whatever you want, however you want. 

This particular tutorial is a part of my "Creating Successful Photographs" series.  If you've never done photography before, you might want to start at my "Basics" instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Creating-Successful-Photographs-The-Basics/

**NOTE: All photographs used in this tutorial were shot and retouched by myself, including those that have the Vogue logo as they have been published on Vogue.it

http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Profilo/4c65f6cf-0d59-4e5c-8939-4a0f8a20a949/User
 
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Step 1: Vintage Fine Art

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You might say, "Well, how do I get vintage fine art if I'm not using a vintage camera or film?"  Well you can.  Vintage photograph is not just about the equipment that was used, it's about the feeling the photograph evokes.  A lot of fine art today is done with a vintage finishing.  The photograph should be taken in a classic way, following some of the more basic rules of photography, such as the rule of thirds and the Hogarth Line of Beauty.

Modern looking art tends to be more angular or graphic, especially in the photographic world.  By keeping your work more about the subject rather than the composition alone, you can achieve a vintage look.  

Another important aspect of vintage looking art is the technique used to make it look older, such as the tonality of the image.  Instead of using straight black and white, a lot of vintage or vintage looking photographs have a sepia, or brownish tone to them.  You can also make your photograph look more vintage by adding a grungy texture to it.   

what did you use to shoot these?
The chair and the covered bridge were on film, the other two were digital.