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Tammy J. Bradley

Fine Art Photography

To all of you professionals out there, I would like some feedback. I am interested in selling some of my work and I was just wondering if it can really be classified as "fine art" photography. I have done some research but have not really found a solid definition of what "fine art photography" really means. Any help I can get would be much appreciated. THANKS :)

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4/4/2010 2:14:54 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Pretty much anything can be called fine art if it's an image that can be sold outside of some personal involvement between the buyer and the subject. For instance, a portrait of a family member or girlfriend will be bought because it's the buyer's family member or girlfriend. But if it's bought by somebody who has no direct relation to the subject in the photo, then it becomes "fine art".

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4/5/2010 9:39:15 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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you have plenty of images that are fine art IMO. You have a lovely gallery of beautiful photos.

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4/6/2010 2:03:41 AM

Jessica Jenney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  Printing is important for selling fine art photography. It should be printed on archival paper, Giclee printing, and acid free matting etc. It should last a long time when framed. Have it done professionally.

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4/7/2010 5:05:50 AM

Tammy J. Bradley   Thank you for all the responses... One more question, then...

Where do I go to have my pictures printed on archival paper and such??

Thanks again :)

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4/7/2010 7:16:30 AM

Thom Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  Tammy, Email sent. I use this place all the time. Customers quite happy!

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4/16/2010 3:37:31 PM

Dan W. Dooley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2005
  Tammy, I'll get back to your original question which was what do we define as fine art. It is very subjective and can cover many subjects and modes of photography. I think one way to define it is to ask how a particular photo might compare to what is defined as fine art in another medium. Paintings, for example. Would the picture you are considering look like it could stand with a nice, scenic framed oil painting for example? Would (as was suggested by others here) it appeal to someone who might want to display it in their home or other public place and see it for its intrinsic visual appeal? If you saw a collection of framed photos, would you find that one out of the bunch visually attractive enough to want to own and display it? It is not the frame or the material it is printed on which makes it fine art. It is the visual appeal of the image itself. The framing and printing method are only the spicing, so to speak. They can enhance an already beautiful picture but will do nothing for an ugly one.
Just my two cents. :-)

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6/1/2010 8:25:34 AM

Kathy Radford
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2006
  Tom can you send me the name of who you use also. Thanks.

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8/15/2010 3:05:11 PM

Thom Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
  can do. almost missed this

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8/17/2010 4:07:46 PM

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