Professional fine art photography is beautiful! Nowadays our smart phones can take some great photos. We’ve even got that nifty portrait style with artificial-intelligence-added-depth-of-field… The advances in phone photography have been huge. However, the pictures you take with your phone still can’t compare to what a professional can capture, not just because of their equipment, but also because of their training.
The resolution and detail will not be enough to make beautiful prints for viewing. Not to mention, how many of you print photos from your phone? I’d bet it’s rare for you to even scroll back through most of them, to remember those moments. How much easier is it to remember your little ones being, well, little, when their face is smiling at you from your *actual* wall, instead of your Facebook wall? Fine Art Photography solves these problems, brilliantly! So today, I’m going to explain some of the main reasons our smart phones just cannot compare to professional fine art photography. If you are after timeless family heirlooms to be able to pass off to other generations, hiring a professional is something you should definitely consider!
Professional Fine art photography in depth look
Fine art is a styled planned out type of session.
Yes, you can plan out photos with your smart phone. I mainly use my cell for capturing “in the moment” type of photos though, and I bet you do too. That’s magical in its own way, but when we’re thinking about the moments we want to preserve for generations to come, we want to consider the finer details and plan ahead.
A lot of planning goes into a professional session with me. Starting out with an end vision that me and client are looking for. Ending with the result of beautiful fine art portraits. Wardrobe is planned and thought out to go along with colors, lighting, skin tone etc. Then, we plan out the perfect areas, whether it be outdoors or in a studio, it is all planned out to jive with each other for an amazing work of art! Of course, not all people are born with an artistic eye. That’s where my training and experience come in.
Fine art photography is uniquely beautiful! You can capture a portrait that is true to life, yet whimsical and timeless. You don’t have to worry whether there’s enough light in the room for your phone to snap at the right moment.
With professional equipment and an understanding of lighting you can manipulate the environment for the perfect shot. A Professional fine art photographer knows exactly how to capture the perfect lighting; my favorite is to shoot sessions during the “golden hour” which is an hour before sunset. It is a beautiful soft golden lighting that accentuates every detail into the portrait! I focus on specific areas that will bring out life in the photographs.
If you guessed that golden hour photography isn’t exactly an iPhone’s forté, you would have guessed correctly. The limited settings we have on our phones to deal with lighting scenarios just haven’t caught up yet. So even though you can sometimes capture depth of field on your phone, lighting is where that little rectangle falls flat.
When you’re working with your phone to get images of your family, most of the time what you see is what you get. As in, what’s in front of you is what you’ll capture. You don’t have the opportunity to use post-processing on the images to create a scene, or highlight certain things. Unfortunately, there’s just not enough data in the images taken by a phone to be able to do it properly.
When I am hired for a session, I collaborate with my client to get a feel for the things they would like to incorporate into their images. Most of all I love how the client trusts my artistic end goal! Which is in fact my end goal, creating timeless heirlooms that a client can aww and ewe about for a lifetime. To remember every little detail of your children, in a way that creates memories to be cherished.