Photography 101 – Photography is an art, and everybody is a critic

Photography is an art, and everybody is a critic.

To me, what is called photography is much more than the capturing of images either on film or digitally. Photography is an expression of the vision of the photographer and the interaction with his/her audience, and as such qualifies as art.

Now, since we (or at least I) have decided that photography is an art, everyone is going to have an opinion. There will be what I call ‘purists’ that believe that any type of manipulation of an image disqualifies it from being photography. Then there are two types of ‘purist’, film and digital. If you manipulate an image, when does it stop being a photograph and start being something else? Does it matter?

For me, the answer is very simple. Pure photography is the mechanics and techniques of capturing an image with a camera. Everything after that is art. Just as there are painters that work in different types of mediums and different forms of expressions, photographers will as well.

So, if you are digital or film, manipulate images or not, color or monochrome, enjoy the art you make and don’t worry too much about the critics.

Colorado National Monument - August 2014

Colorado National Monument – August 2014

Images and text © Ted Griffith 2014
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I'm a financial counselor/coach who loves photgraphy.
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4 Responses to Photography 101 – Photography is an art, and everybody is a critic

  1. That shot reminds me of Sedona 🙂

  2. My Heartsong says:

    A simple definition of photography and art as well as encouragement – refreshing. The options are endless.

  3. Debbie says:

    Thanks Ted, for encouraging us to enjoy what we do. I just read a devotion from God Calling that said “success is the result of work done in peace.” :). God bless you!

  4. Spot on, Tig. I would add to rebut the “purists” and their aversion to so-called manipulation that merely *taking* a photograph is enough of a manipulation of the audience and an editorial decision, since we choose not only what to shoot but also what to include and avoid in frame, and the precise moment in which to make the action or light stop, and each of these elements has a profound influence on what is conveyed, never mind what the viewer (if any) will bring to the unspoken conversation afterward. SOOC imagery is still a story very much under the control of the photographer in that way.

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