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Why and How an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - part 2

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This black-and-white photograph of a Big Bend landscape in Texas was developed to hightlight the Rio Grande river.
This black-and-white photograph of a Big Bend landscape in Texas was developed to hightlight the Rio Grande river.

Art Photography is not Compositing

When developing or processing a photograph from one of our cameras, we focus on the following steps:

  • Cropping
  • Noise management
  • Improved Sharpness
  • Changing Colors
  • Improvement of Different Contrasts
  • Improvement of Details
  • Removal of Those Disruptive Elements Defined by ACANP Methode.

But we always respect an essential rule. We never complete photo montages or compositing with elements taken from other photographs.

For us, it's an artistic form completely different from fine art photography. We took trainings to learn these techniques because we believe that they can contribute to further reflection and additional inspiration.

We discovered that the created images lacked depth and volume. The worst thing for us was to discover that the artists who created this kind of work did not even venture onto the field to shoot. They purchased subscriptions to photo stocks, and then downloaded dozens of snapshots created by other photographers to create their own worlds.

This behavior does not correspond to our moral and ethical values.

For us, the creation of a fine art photograph is a very long process that always begins on the field with individual shots. Processing is only the reinforcement of our artistic approach.

In no case should the processing be the beginning of the creative process of our works. For us, these are the limits of artistic photography.

Art Photo Development is Very Time-Consuming

Artistic photography is a very time-consuming creative activity. Even though computers have become more powerful and software has become increasingly efficient, the time spent in front of a computer screen is still very long. Indeed, the development combinations are infinite. In our case, the development of an artistic photo can take from one to four hours.

The first step is to ask, “What is the message or emotions that I want to reinforce?” Then you must determine the tools that will be used. You must be very careful not to get lost in the software functions palette.

When developing, you must be consistent so that all photographs retain the same style. Once the search process is successful, post-processing can begin. This step requires vast thought, research and introspection.

Art Photo Development Generates Recognition

If the processing phase is carried out with high quality and in respect of the photographic vision, it will then grant the photographer audience recognition. Indeed, all those who are interested in the acquisition of art photographs can recognize the talent of the photographer during the development phase. For them, it is as important as shooting.

A photographer who creates fine art photos must always evolve, keeping abreast of new techniques to further strengthen his credibility and know-how.

He must not become too comfortable with his current position. He must never begin to think that everything is acquired simply because he has made one or several beautiful artistic series.

The development of artistic photos demands integrity as we have seen before, as well as humility. There are always photographers who can inspire us and encourage us to explore on new paths of inspiration.

If an artist photographer accepts these conditions, then he will always gain the respect of his audience. His artistic approach will be strengthened. We must never forget that as photographers, our work only exists through the eyes of others.


The development of an artistic photograph is one of the fundamental steps in the photographic creative process. It reinforces the artistic approach of the artist. It is a time-consuming activity that requires a lot of energy.

The photographer must pay a lot of attention to generate quality works. He must not forget that the respect of his audience is a privilege. He must always present the best version of himself.

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