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featured5 - Photography as Art: Which Components Matter Most to Photographs

Photography as Art: Which Components Matter Most to Photographs

featured5 - Photography as Art: Which Components Matter Most to Photographs

Photography did not used to be considered an art form. After all, in its earliest years, it was mostly rather rudimentary in its execution. In today’s usage, it is something that has certainly changed quite drastically.

Today, we wanted to place a bit more focus on the topic of photography as art. We’ve received quite a few questions about which particular components matter most if you’re making photographs specifically for art. We asked some of the professional hobbyists and these are a few of what they had to say:

Composition

The term ‘composition’ is a rather catch-all word for everything that you could use to make a photograph look its best. This will have to do with the angling, the temperature of the shot, the lines that you take advantage of, and so many other things.

The composition of the shot will greatly determine how much drama you can add to it. If you’ve ever seen a place look bigger than it actually is, you can highly thank the composition of the shot for that. Composition is all about what you want to place your focus on and how you are going to make sure that your photo is able to convey it and highlight it to its best capacity.

Lighting

One of the principal components of an artistic photo would be the lighting. It greatly affects what sort of emotion will be conveyed by the shot that you’re taking. For example, if you’re thinking of conveying something that is happy, the lighting should suggest that with warm or bright tones and hues.

If you happen to create a “happy” photo which has dark or even menacing hues, an odd disconnect between the subject and the message ensues. Lighting is something that is always worth paying attention to. If there is too much light, it can over saturate the shot and ruin an otherwise good subject.

Subject

Every photo needs a subject. Basically, what you are planning to use as the focal point of your photo is your subject. It can be scenery, an object, a person, or even another piece of art. Photography is a great artistic tool because it is not restricted by its medium.

To Wrap Things Up

Components matters a lot in photographs. You can have a rather mundane subject but if you compose it right, you get some pretty interesting and wholly captivating images. One of the reasons why photography is one of the more popular forms of art is the fact that it is highly accessible to a great number of individuals.

Have you tried your hand at photography? Which components would you say matter most in making artistic photographs?

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featured4 - Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

featured4 - Art Overrated: What Is “Good” Art?

Through the ages, the topic of art has always been one that has been met with a lot of criticism and debate. This is particularly true with the more modern artists. It seems that the general public tends to be at odds when it comes to the artists that should be venerated and the ones that should have been ignored.

A lot of modernistic art pieces have been quite dubious at best. For example, there was a pair of glasses that were left on the floor of an art gallery and people honestly thought that it was ‘art’ or part of the exhibition. Another such example would be the night janitress who mistakenly threw away an art installation simply because she thought it was garbage left on the floor.

More often than not, there is no longer a standard on what is considered to be good art. A lot of this, most people blame, quite conversely on the subject of technology and innovation. The popular mediums of art were paintings and sculptures which were shaped out of marble or clay. In today’s world, pretty much anything is considered art.

To be honest, a good way to determine what good art is would be through these small little parameters:

Engagement

Art, in its purest sense, is made to convey a message or to provoke thought in the viewers. If a piece of art is enough to make you stop in your tracks and consider whether there is merit in the art—then it has accomplished its job.

Art is meant to arrest an individual and captivate their attention. Whether that attention is positive or negative, it doesn’t really matter. Art is the catalyst for thought and conversation—for action and introspection.

Passion

One of the reasons why the arts of the masters were considered to be so good was because you can feel the absolute passion of the artists pouring forth from their chosen medium. The same was that performance arts can evoke a reaction out of you because of the inherent passion that is carried and cultivated underneath.

Passion is a key ingredient for art. If you cannot feel anything from the art piece—not even the intent—then you can actually say that the piece is flat and will require further work.

To Wrap Things Up

Whether or not an art piece is going to be considered ‘good’ is often subjective. There could be a piece that is celebrated by critics but panned by other artists or art lovers. The funny thing about art is the fact that most people generally attribute ‘good’ art to the pieces that were produced by the great ones like Michelangelo and those that came in his time.

Do you share the belief that art is overrated? What are your parameters for ‘good’ art?

featured3 - Supporting Local: Who Do You Help When You Support Local Events

Supporting Local: Who Do You Help When You Support Local Events

featured3 - Supporting Local: Who Do You Help When You Support Local Events

One of the things that you can count upon is that there is always a local event that is being planned and is asking for people to support it. Today, we wanted to explore the idea of who gains when you support local events.

A majority of local towns and communities often try to foster camaraderie by hosting a number of events. These events usually come in different themes and depending on their success, they can be turn into completely annual events. A majority of local festivals are events which were highly supported by locals and visitors. So here’s a small list which showcase just who you help when you choose to support local events:

Local Economy

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Profit and revenue are very important to smaller communities. A majority of the public market tend to support larger conglomerates and corporations because they’ve highly visible. This is not anything that they obtain through sheer luck. Larger corporations tend to corner the market and make sure that only their ads get screen time.

Well, that’s how things used to be, at least. In today’s market, it is a lot easier for smaller businesses—the mom and pop ones—to really get the word out about them. If you support local events which showcase the goods of local businesses, you greatly help out their local economy.

Local Artists

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A lot of local events are used to propel or boost local artists into a good visible platform. There have been countless of artists who were able to gain a foothold into the field of arts and performance because of a local event that they were part of.

When you support local events where they showcase homegrown artists, you help them establish themselves as legitimate artists. Every single purchase, no matter how small is one more step toward fulfilling their goal of being full-fledge artists.

Yourself

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What a lot of people do not realize is that they do not just enrich the lives of others by visiting and taking part of locally hosted events. What they also end up supporting would be their own selves.

There are a lot of new sights and sounds that can be discovered especially those that have artistic ties. You help to support yourself as well as you engage and support artists and local events.

To Wrap Things Up

Everyone benefits when local events are supported. When people are able to provide their support for local businesses, brands, and local artists, the local community is able to flourish well. Artists generally fare better when the local community is more supportive.

Do you take part of local events? Who do you think gains the most when you support local events?

featured2 - Struggling Artist? Take These Pieces of Advice with You

Struggling Artist? Take These Pieces of Advice with You

featured2 - Struggling Artist? Take These Pieces of Advice with You

The concept of the struggling artist has always been one that has been romanticized for generations. Today, we wanted to give some useful—and practical—pieces of advice for any struggling artist.

Take That Odd Job

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A common thing that a majority of newbie artists complain about would be the odd job offers that they get. After paying a significant amount of money on classes and even art courses, it can understandably be frustrating to be offered lower paying jobs.

The thing is no one knows what you are capable of yet. So taking that odd job increases your portfolio and gives your audiences a chance to better understand your style.

Embrace Technology

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In certain cases, a lot of artists decline to share their work online due to copyright issues. This, however, ensures that they also miss out on massive exposure from people who would rightfully and legally support your craft.

Just learn what the acceptable forms of copyright are like putting watermarks on everything—and other forms of protection for your art.

Don’t Stop Learning

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The advent of the internet has made it rather easy for networks to find each other and share knowledge about their particular crafts. If you are an artist, you must always try to enrich yourself through further study.

Learn more about the different movements out there. See if there is a particular market which aligns itself with your niche.

To Wrap Things Up

The idea of a struggling artist is one which shall continue for years to come. Every artist has their own interpretation of how they are ‘struggling’ and how they can get out of it. The world does need artists and there has been an increased clamor in supporting them. What we hope that these few pieces of advice will help any struggling artist with their cause.

What sort of advice would you offer another struggling artist?

featured1 - What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

featured1 - What Is Art: Our Personal Responses in a Nutshell

When it comes to the topic of art, people are usually at odds regarding what it is or what is even considered to be acceptable forms of art. Before we get started, we’re truly happy that you’ve chosen to join us as we go on an exploratory journey regarding both arts and events. For today’s discussion, we wanted to explore one of the more common questions that is aimed toward art lovers.

This question being: what is art?

While seemingly a simple question, many of us start to truly look outward and inward to try to answer this. Here are some of the more cohesive responses that our writing team has managed to convey:

“Art is beauty and ugliness. It is both together and apart. Art is cannot be one without the other. The best pieces of art highlight the polar opposites.”

“Art is one of the driving mechanisms behind great upheavals. A majority of the greatest movements was, at the core, an intrinsic belief that certain people were indulging on the beauty of the world while they had to do without.”

“Art is a pursuit. Whether that pursuit is successful or not, it is up to the eyes of others to determine. After all, the greatest artists of our time didn’t even know the worth of their own work. Art is frustratingly reliant on the input of others in order to be legitimized.”

To Wrap Things Up

Art is a fully human concept that continues to affect and elevate lives regardless if they actively seek it or not. One of the best things about art is that it can be pretty much everywhere and at any given time. So even if you aren’t all that interested in it or aware of its existence, it is constantly around you with the colors, hues, tunes, and sights that can just as easily be overlooked.

What’s your take on art? What do you think art is?

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