“What is Real Image Photography?” is a common question from many people who are new to the world of professional photography. My answer to that question is simple; Creating an image which is considered to be professional in its own right, using the best possible techniques and equipment.
“Real” is defined by Webster as being totally genuine and natural. In my photography business this means that all the images I create are 100% real. “Real” photography should never be posed or styled using artificial elements. All images should be used as they are.
Photography has been described as a form of art and it should be treated as such. The purpose of a photograph is to capture an event or moment and then either make it a living memory or leave it as a memory to be preserved. Photography is not a medium for expressing your emotions or feelings so your photos will not be subjective. They will be objective.
In the profession of professional photography it is important to be very patient and persistent as it can take years to learn all about lighting, composition, using backdrops and the entire gamut of photo editing techniques. Having a clear vision of what you want your final photograph to look like is paramount. Once you have captured your desired image, you need to know how to publish it so that others can see your work. There are many ways to do this but one of the most popular is by posting your work on photo websites such as Flickr, Instagram and, of course, our favourite site, Photo Bucket.
“Photojournalism” is a somewhat misleading term since it implies that the photography is primarily of an artistic nature. This is not always the case. There is no doubt that some photojournalists specialize in landscape or fashion photography whereas some others specialise in portraiture or fashion imaging. What is important to remember when choosing a career is that you need to be able to work in any style that suits you best. There is nothing worse than being stuck for a particular style.
What is real image photography? It can be an exhilarating and rewarding career but it is also not for everyone. If you love to take stunning photographs and love to share them with others then this may be the perfect line of work for you. You must have an eye for the camera, a sense of adventure and be bold enough to challenge yourself when new techniques and photographic approaches are required.