“Fine-art photography” sounds intimidating, because it can imply that fine artists are of a vastly different caliber to other artists. I used to think that fine artists had studied their distinct craft in some great detail before embarking on their own journey, but the reality is that fine-art photography is essentially the same thing as personal photography—that is, personal art created through the medium of photography. Fine-art photography is the exact opposite of commercial photography; in other words, it’s about shooting photographs for yourself rather than for a client.

Fine-art photography is very similar ...

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