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What is Fine Art Photography? Kevin Holliday talks about ways to convert representational
photos into fine art photography by incorporating feelings and vision into images
through long exposure and post-processing techniques.

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Episode 180

Artistic Vision in Fine Art Photography
with Kevin Holliday


“A photograph is very closely related to reality, whereas an image is based on something, typically a Vision coming from the artist.”

Fine Art with Vision

  • Fine art is expressive photography: an outward representation of an inner emotion or feeling.
  • Post processing is where you can transition from a representational, realistic photograph to an image where the connection to reality is removed.
  • Working in series helps the Vision evolve and solidify.
    – Series are also good for both galleries and collectors.
    – Once the Vision is established, adding to the series becomes easier.


    “The power of seeing the whole series at once is what helps drive home the understanding of the Vision.” 

Finding Your Vision

  • Vision isn’t teachable, but it IS learnable.
  • Your Vision is what you bring into your art from your life experiences, an emotional storytelling through images.
  • Allow yourself to daydream.
  • Look for inspiration in books, movies, music, and music videos.
  • Look through your existing files. Gather like subjects together and look at them as a group.  Visualize possibilities for creating images from this set of photographs.
  • Think about your photography as a painter would.
    – Sketch out an idea (scouting).
    – Put down a base layer of paint (photographic capture).
    – Make it all come together with details, light, and mood (post-processing).
  • Scouting is important.
    – Look for angles and composition.
    – Allow yourself time in the field to think.  Be there and enjoy the moment.
    – Allow your mind to mull over the possibilities even after you have left the location.
    – Keep a journal of locations, sketches and ideas.
    – Let your “aha!” moment happen naturally, don’t try to force it.
    – Go back with intent when the sky is right.

Transition Away from Reality

  • Long exposures allow for removal of visual clutter and help to create a more ethereal dreamscape.
    – This technique has a big learning curve. It takes a thorough understanding of exposure and a lot of patience. 
  • Learn what is possible in post-processing. Take this information with you into the field to help pre-visualize the aesthetic of the outcome.
  • Convert to black and white. Masking and blending with several exposure layers (high key, low key and neutral) will allow you to manipulate light to exactly where you want it.

Mentioned on the Show

The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

Finding Kevin




Episode 164 – Using Negative Space and Slow Shutter for Impact



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