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Fine Arts Photography

May 31, 2016
Jamacan Photographer


Fine Arts Photography

Fine Arts photography is a genre of photography which truly sums up the idea of creating art photographically.  Fine arts photography is about capturing the vision that’s in the mind of the photographer.  A fine arts photographer doesn’t necessarily capture to please others, but rather, creates to express self.

Commercial photography and fine arts photography are marketed in different ways and thus a fine arts photographer may or may not always possess the kind of marketing abilities a commercial photographer does. To really enter into the mind of a fine arts photographer, one has to swim deep into the depths of the shots captured/created by them. Someone with an artistic eye may be able to judge the idea behind an art piece or the mind process that the photographer must have gone through while framing the shot.

Most of the top photographers in the world work to express their thoughts and earn a fortune through their eye for a good subject.  The most well paid or well-known photographers in the world are fine art photographers who earned using both their skill and their creativity. Creativity to see emotions where there seems to be none or the ability to catch a perfect shot from the most unusual of locations is what a fine arts photographer is capable of doing and applauded for.

A fine arts photographer doesn’t step out in broad sunlight everyday with a pre-decided frame in mind but finds frames from within the crowd. Of course, this requires spontaneity, philosophical thinking and talent to spot a worthy frame. Each fine arts photographer may think differently and produce a whole series of themed photographs.  A photographer who truly brings his/her personality and thinking into his pictures is a real fine arts photographer.

A fine arts photographer is an artist. The way an artist transfers his vision to a canvas, a fine arts photographer transfers his vision to his photographic creations.

Jamaica Wedding Photography

September 22, 2014

Capturing photographs during a marital ceremony is quite commonly sought after by the couple. This is the process that allows the couple to look back on the occasion and have the ability to simply have memories of their special day. This is usually an effort that is best left to a competent and skilled professional.

Anyone that is getting married in Jamaica has an amazing number of professional options available when considered. This often creates a great deal of confusion when considering what options should be considered for their event. Keeping several considerations in mind ensures this hiring process is performed in an effective manner.

Couples often begin their efforts by completing a detailed portfolio review. The portfolios that are maintained by professionals are able to help offer some of the best insights into how skilled they are. Paying attention to quality and creativity is usually common in this process.

There should also be an assessment of the personality that is demonstrated by the professional. These are usually central figures in the ceremony and will have contact with a vast majority of attendees to the event. This makes it crucial to ensure they are warm and friendly. What is involved is being diligent in the research to find the right one. Each photographer will have his or her own special style of doing things and talent to take the right pictures. Thank you for reading, I truly hope you found this information beneficial.

Vintage Inspiration

May 18, 2014

“What is it that inspires your work and style of editing?” I’ve been ask that question alot and each time the answer that I provide remains constant, “God”. No I’m not a religious freak but I am a righteous person, one who is dependent on unorthodox inspiration in order to attain certain photographs and produce work of a certain caliber, therefore there is no simpler or less polarizing way to put it, God inspires me. I could have easily said a world renowned artist inspires my work or I could make up countless stories of how I garnered certain photographs. The truth is there are artists that I respect and whose work I hold to a high stature, but my goal is not produce work of similar style in order to be considered amongst the greats but rather to create my own sphere of  art that connects with people and create/invoke emotions that raises questions and provide answers. I believe a photograph serves two purpose, it must either ask or provide, but if it does neither then one has already failed as a photographer.

I consider myself to be a Vintage Stylistic and Minimalistic Photographer. Most of my photographs are representative of such. I don’t believe there is a set standard for tones in relation to photography, what I do believe is that a photographs tone is dependent on the mood being depicted. Despite being more inclined to capturing photographs representative of my style I also ensure to meet the requirements of my clients. Therefore not all my photographs are edited to represent vintage stylism or captured through a minimalistic perspective. I represent a mixture of styles with those aspects being the most dominant as they are representative of who I am. With such I ensure that i provide three versions to every photo taken. Let’s say I have completed your wedding and have a total of 500 photographs. Those 500 may be multiplied by two or three; for every photo that represents Vintage Stylism there will also be the other version with standard tones and quite possibly another in monochrome (black and white). Not all photographs can be edited vintage stylistically or monochrome for that matter.

Wedding photography is more than just capturing a photographic record of events before, during and after the marital ceremony. I seek to create enduring, lasting memories that capture immortalize the wonder and magic of that special day. My passion is to create memories that will always invoke the sentiments and utter excellence of that beautiful day when two souls become one.

Wedding Planning

May 17, 2014
wedding photography

Tips to help you plan that perfect wedding!
For almost every person in the world, especially for females, the day of their wedding is the most special day in the lifetime and is one day which they wish goes perfectly. But behind a fairytale wedding goes on a lot of planning, detailing, months of hard-work and proper management. For some, planning of the wedding is more adventurous than the wedding itself! Amidst the chaos, the confusion and the zest to have a perfect wedding day, there are some tips which can come to your rescue.

Well, take a look:
• Plan out a budget
The first and the most important step that must be taken before actually starting all the planning, the bookings and the hiring is to decide on a budget. It is very important to figure out a decent and practical budget for the wedding and then go on to the bookings only with a budget in mind. Without a definite restriction on the expenditure, you will most likely overspend and then regret later. Thus it is better to be smart about it!
• Allocate duties
Doing all the planning from the cake, to the decoration, to the music and to the photography is not a one person job. Avoid taking all that stress on your shoulders and allocate and distribute duties among a close group of people. If you have chosen a bridesmaid then try taking her help or engage a few family members or friends to help you out. This is a more organized way to planning a wedding
• Decide on a venue
One of the most important things associated with wedding planning is the venue. You would want your wedding to be set in a fairytale land but it is better to be practical about it. Choose a location which matches your expectations but also fits the budget. If you are planning on a destination wedding, then research your options well and if possible, try visiting the destination before booking it.
• Hire the caterer, the decorator and the music band
The next step is to do all the hiring and booking work. You will need a caterer for the food, a decorator for the venue decoration, a music band for the party and also even an event planner to decide on the sequence of events. Make sure you make these bookings only after comparing a few options and their prices. It is a lot better if the services of your hired service providers have been tried and tested before by someone you know.
• Hire a photographer
Any wedding is incomplete without the memories of it captured away through photographs. Your photographer must not only be experienced and technically equipped but also creative and imaginative. Make sure you take a look at the photographer’s previous work before hiring him for the shoot. Focus on one which believes in candid photography.
• Have a backup plan
For everything that you plan, make sure you have a backup plan in store. You must be prepared for any circumstance or situation. Order a little more food than required, have a backup musician on your list and make proper weather proof arrangements for the dinner!

Art of Wedding Photography

May 17, 2014
wedding photography and photographers

What is the identity of photography? It may not be as valued today or classically seated with it’s creative counterparts, but at its core, it is art. Normally it is assumed the work and what it takes to become a photographer is quite easy; preposterous!

Everyone believes that they can take a picture, hence that makes them a photographer. Sure, anyone can take a photo. Synonymously, anyone can paint, but will that painting be something of an Avant Garde degree or of prime standard? Though such is dependent on the observer and one’s perception of acceptable, question is… will your work separate you from the herd?

Photography is art, being artistic is not a skill, it is a talent. A skill is inculcated, facilitated and developed by man. Talent on the other hand can be described as being innate, instilled by God. A person cannot be taught creativity, no one teaches creativity, what you believe to have been taught was already innate to you. You however, can be taught the process to exude creativity, but that process is not what gives you creativity. The quintessential photographer bears many accolades, he is not just an artist or visual composer but also a technical savant and lighting director. It is important to understand that in order to be the quintessential photographer talent alone will not suffice, skills are required.
Talent is not what operates a DLSR camera in manual mode, those are skills inculcated, facilitated and developed. You were not born with the knowledge of operating a camera, however it could easily be proven from an early age that you possessed artistic abilities without the interference of mankind’s notions and precepts. This is where skill meets talent, hence photography is at the apex of artistic composition. In no other facet of still artistry is the skill required to operate tool, combined with talent as exhaustive and immense as with that of photography.

An artist picks up a brush, mixes his paint, selects surface and constructs his composition. The brush and paint represent his tool. Simple tools which do not require any form of advance understanding to operate. A photographer picks up his camera, turns it on, selects his composition, frames shot, sets his ISO, adjusts F. Stop, increase-decrease shutter exposure time, adjust focal length (exclusive of lighting setup)…snap! Of course the principal factor between the two would be the time it takes to construct the image. There are many strengths and weaknesses with both aspects. However an artist mainly operates on the basis of pure talent, without the requirement of skills. It is worth understanding therefore, that even if a person is a talented artist with an abundance creative thoughts, it is no good to him as a photographer if his skills of operating a camera are inadequate.

Similarly, a person who lacks creativity/artistry but is highly skilled with the understanding and operation of a camera may often end up in what is known as, “photographer’s rut/block” having few or no ideas of his own to construct compositions.
Over the past few months I’ve spent a vast amount of time capitalizing on my artistic abilities as well as my skills of operating a camera in diverse scenarios which require quick thinking and thorough manipulation of such abilities. What I have garnered through such is this: Good taste is an inhibitor of greatness. Do not allow yourself to be defined by the parameters of mankind, good taste is what keeps you average and undervalued. If you want to exude excellence, keep that quote in mind. It came to me whilst observing the work of some of two of the world’s most accomplished and creative photographers, Seb Janial & Karl Taylor.

I have learnt that to be the best and stand out from the herd of photographers and herd mentality, it is imperative that you find your niche/style and capitalize on it through an uncultured perspective. There are two factors which facilitate creativity: curiosity and awareness. That is to discover, explore and establish whilst being aware of that which already exists, but being sure not to tread the same path that has already been trampled. Create your own sphere of excellence and let others marvel in awe. Step outside the sphere of social conditioning and precepts of mankind which has taught you, “Yes, this is how things work and this is what defines true standards of perfection.” Nonsense! It is those standards that have worked to inadvertently limit you your entire life, those cultured beliefs have restrained you like reins to a horse. If you allow yourself to be defined by the standards others have set for you, or that which you have been taught, then I’m sorry, you’ve been deposited deep in the rabbit hole of societal conditioning. Enlist your mind to think in an unorthodox manner, do not allow yourself to be confined and confused like rats in a labyrinth.

There is a creativity in you, whether born of talent or inculcated skills. All kids are creative-Pablo Picasso; it is when they start to grow and societal conditioning sets in that such becomes thwarted. All artists are creative, they are capable of uniquely recomposing that which already exists visually or imaginatively, despite such, the fact that a person is an artist does not necessarily make them more creative than a person who isn’t. Therefore my fellow reader, the secret to the creativity and excellence in you is already within you, even if it is NOT a God given talent.

Like I said initially, creative cannot be taught or spontaneously impress itself upon you, only with the right condition it can develop gradually and be sustained. Dedicate yourself to developing your skill or expanding your talent emotionally and intellectually.

Truth is: You don’t have to be an Einstein or Newton, it has nothing to do with your schooling or IQ- It has everything to do with the process.

Strip back the layers and at the core of the best photographers and you will find: Diligence in assimilation of information, amalgamation of ideas, a lack of good taste (Uncultured Perspective) and for some, there is the addition of talent.

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