What Makes Photography Art?

What Makes Photography Art?
I did a post a couple weeks ago about film vs. digital and thought I would follow it up with another post. In the days since that post I have seen several post on several pages, forums and such that have had me thinking. What makes photography art? Is it capturing a scene on film? Digital? Is it the light that makes the image? Is it the processing? Simply put the answer is simple…it is the photographer. Nothing else, simply the photographer. The photographer, whether they like to think they are an artist or not, they create the image. I have seen incredible images from film, from DSLRs, even from phones. All of those incredible images had one thing in common…an artist creating the image.
I have heard the argument that with digital you don’t have to select the f-stop, shutter speed or even compose…your camera is defective, take it back. The photographer chooses the mode in which they capture, not the camera. The photographer arranges elements within the frame to make a composition which is visually pleasing. The photographer chooses the depth of field, the mood through the shutter speed, even the warmth of the scene. If the photographer isn’t doing it, that is on the photographer, not the camera or type of camera. Even if the photographer doesn’t think of themselves as an artist, they are as soon as they point a camera and the second they release the shutter, they capture a moment in time which can evoke emotions in others. That is art.
It is up to the photographer to advance their art to learn the limitations of their cameras and how to use it to its maximum. Then to learn the developing options available to fully achieve what their mind saw, their photographic vision, to finish that image. The idea the camera is going to do it, isn’t fully reaching the vision, it is settling for what someone gives them. Learn your gear, expand your abilities, reach your vision through knowledge. The only type of pure photography is one that involves a photographer, plain and simple.
By the way, the image today is an Eagle’s nest at sunset. It is one of the largest nest I have ever seen in my life. The largest was just down the river a bit. This nest was about 8 feet deep, the other was about 10 feet deep. Incredible. Is it art? Its an artsy Eagle’s nest…
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/400th of a second, handheld due to conditions on boat utilizing the VC feature of the lens, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear

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