Do you want to enhance your most artistic side? (Do not miss these tips)

How could we define something like artistic photography if photography is already, in itself, art? That is the question that has been haunting me before I started writing these lines that, I confess, will cost me a bit 😉 . Because defining art is not an easy thing, and art within art already seems to me something reserved for great thinking minds, philosophers, thinkers and art theorists of which, for the moment, I am not a part ;-).

What is artistic photography?

After giving the concept some thought, I think we could define artistic photography as the photographic genre that seeks to evoke in the viewer, consciously, a specific sensation or feeling. It does not seek to represent the simple reality that we have before our eyes, but what the photographer interprets from this reality. That is, the photograph is not taken but is created with artistic intent.

If the visual world were simple and had well-defined barriers, we could say that the opposite of artistic photography is photojournalism, which seeks to show reality in the most objective way possible. However, as you probably already know, objectivity in photography does not exist, and many photojournalists mix the simple image of the representation of reality, with artistic compositions.

How to take artistic photography?

There will probably not be any closed answers in this article, because in art there are never closed answers. Everything depends on millions of factors, personal perceptions, historical moment, social context and the ability or natural sensitivity of each one.

What you should be clear about to begin with is the intentionality artistic of your work. I mean, you have to think what do we want to convey With our image, you have to feel it, analyze it, imagine it, make the adjustments you need to achieve it and, finally, take the photo.

Where to start?


As you let yourself be carried away by your more artistic side, you will realize how the knowledge of your camera together with the knowledge of the exposure triangle (among others) will help you to capture your ideas with good results.

  • The aperture of the diaphragm and the depth of field: They are essential when we want to highlight a certain part of the scene through the focused area, be it a little or a lot, and to control the amount of light that we will let through the lens.
  • shutter speed: To freeze or let the movement flow, you have to learn to work with this parameter. Its possibilities are as many as your imagination. Here are some examples to inspire you.
  • Measurement mode exposition. An image changes radically depending on the use we make of the existing light.
  • The shooting mode. It is impossible for your automatic camera to capture and capture the idea you have in your head. So on these types of images, we strongly recommend that you work in manual.

In short: the camera must be at the service of the photographer, yours, as a brush is at the service of a painter. That is, it is only a tool to achieve your goal.

Techniques and ideas to work on your most artistic side

No long exposure necessary light painting or resort to Photoshop to get an artistic photograph. A simple composition, a shallow depth of field, a shadow on a face… you don’t need anything more than your imagination. Of everything you can get an artistic version and a normal version ;-).

That said, it is true that there are many techniques and ideas that can help you achieve your artistic goals. These are the ones that come to mind for me:


I have told you before. The composition of a seemingly simple scene can lead to a purely artistic image. We always invite you to vary the point of view so that you face a wonderful and different world, so that you transmit with greater sight power what you want to transmit, so that, ultimately, you train your gaze and enhance your creativity.

perspective, learn to break the composition rules where appropriate, know and work with lines, vanishing points, and, in general, the more you know and master the composition of images, the more creative tools you will have in your possession :-).

black and white

I love it, I’m not going to cheat on you ;-), I’m won over by its magic, its essence, its timelessness and abstraction. Black and white is simplification, it is form, it is contrast, it is light and shadow in its strictest sense, it is the simplest and, at the same time, the most complex… Come on, if you have never tried to photograph in black and white, I encourage you to try it 🙂 (and no, I don’t get commission anywhere lol, I really like it 😉 ).


And just as I love black and white, color too ;-). color has a lot eye force and work on it knowing its effects on the viewer, the way in which contrast some colors with others (for example complementary colors), how they are able to getting closer either walk away Depending on whether your tone is cool (cool tones seem to recede) or warm (warm tones seem to get closer), it delivers spectacular results. Here are 20 ways to use it creatively in your photos.


Texture is synonymous with tactile information. That is, when we see a texture in an image, we automatically we imagine how is the cold, hot, rough, fine, smooth, rough touch… It is a type of information that can work on its own, and one more creative tool to use in your artistic photographs.

macro photography

Macro photography is not just “a picture of a bug”, it is much more. It is the possibility of entering a magical and unknown world of textures, blurring, enlargements, colors and abstraction.


There are people who put toilets in museums (see Duchamp) to claim the importance of the context of the work, and others who are not lucky enough to exhibit in New York, but who know the importance of the context of a scene and how it can radically change by moving her out of her usual environment. Something as simple as taking a fish out of the sea and planting it on your shelf like another book would be (apart from being inadvisable), an example of decontextualization.


Not all artistic photography is surreal, but I would say that all surreal photography is artistic or at least made with artistic intent. You do not need large infrastructures or equipment to achieve them. With some imagination you can get many of them. Here are 10 ways to achieve surreal photography.


Reflections on moving surfaces (water) or on static surfaces (such as mirrors, glass…) will allow you to play with symmetry and asymmetry, with balance or lack of it, or with the possibility of tricking the eye and forcing your viewer to look twice at your image.


Shadows are another very useful and visually powerful tool that will allow you to achieve more abstract and formal compositions.


The backlights will allow you to work on your most artistic side, you will be able to enhance the profile of the elements, to take it to its simplest, purest and most essential form.

Other techniques

light painting

Double exposure


I hope you’re not making a face that this-doesn’t-go-with-me or what this-is-too-complicated-for-me, because I assure you that you are capable, we all have infinite room for improvement. You can always learn more, you can always improve, always, always move forward with patience and perseverance. We all have a little artist inside :-).

What do you think? Do you dare to let out the artist inside you? I hope so, but above all I hope you share it with us. And do not forget to share this article if you found it interesting. Thank you and see you soon.