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How to Incorporate the Seven Elements of Art into Your Photography

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Fine art photography is a genre that many photographers aspire to. But it’s not easy to achieve.

Some photographers don’t quite understand what constitutes fine art photography. But you know you will always be headed in the right direction if you incorporate the seven elements of art into your photo.

This article will review the elements of art, so you know exactly what to include in your fine art photos.


The way you play with color can set you apart as a fine art photographer. Monochrome and black and white looks are always elegant and sophisticated.

Alternately, you can refer to the color wheel to find hues that contrast, complement and contrast. Use colors next to each other and across from each on the wheel other to create the perfect blends and combinations.


Texture can also set your photo apart as an artistic piece. Look for ridges, bumps and grains that can be found in nature or manmade materials. Use macro techniques to focus on them and create a terrific abstract look.


Lines will help the composition of your photo and they can be used to draw the viewer’s eye to a specific focal point. Types of lines include straight, diagonal, converging, leading lines and vanishing points. They work especially well in architectural fine art photos.


Shapes can be geometric or organic. Geometric shapes have definite lines while organic shapes are free form. Either will work to change the balance of your photo adding a depth of field and drawing the viewer’s eye to the subject matter.


Contrast refers to how light or dark the colors in your photos are. It is especially important in black and white photography as it accents the objects in the photo. It can also work in natural lighting resulting in rich shadows and highlights.


Patterns create interest that can set your photos apart. They may be apparent, or they may be more subtle. For example, you may take a picture of an existing pattern or you may find your own patterns in waves and other natural elements. Knowing what to look out for can advance your skills as a fine art photographer.


Space will also come into play in adding interest to your photos. The space around your subject is considered negative space. It can refer to the sea, sky or a plain background.

Fine art photographers tend to maximize negative space to provide a minimalist, dramatic look. However, you may also try for the opposite effect. Whatever the desired result is, it’s important to consider how space will add to the vibe.

Fine art photography is difficult to define, but if you incorporate these seven elements of art into your pictures, you can’t go wrong. How will you be using them to take your skills to the next level?

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