Do you think photography is an art form? A lot of people do, but with students not using Lightroom and Photoshop to create images, I’m not so sure. I think that photography has become more like graphics in recent years. With the invention and popularization of Photoshop, anyone can make a good photograph look great. And while that may be true, there’s something to be said for taking a great picture without relying on software to enhance it.

As the Photography Apprenticeship tutor and course creator, in my opinion, good photography is all about capturing a moment in time and taking it correctly with skill and technique. Technique is king.  

What do you think? Is photography an art form, or has it become more like graphics?

It’s no secret that photography and graphic design have a lot in common with content creation in 2022. After all, they’re both creative mediums that rely heavily on visuals. But which one is more challenging? And is one inherently more “artsy” than the other? In this blog post it is helping me answer this difficult question, I’m exploring the similarities and differences between photography and graphic design—and help you decide which one might be right for you.

Over the last 12 months I have been creating a catalogue of images, from my international magazine commercial photoshoots and the 200 weddings that I did.

Having taken the time to update my Adobe lightrooms knowhow, it really has allowed me to bring a massive wow factor to old images that I actually didn’t take skilfully in the first place. For me, yes it’s an improved new skill that I recommend all young photographers to gain this knowhow, but with added time and skill the Photographer can capture that moment and not need a computer to complete the image. Ok I really do sound like an Old Photographer, but I’m also going to say, you do now need Lightroom which brings the added depth of colour and lighting to an image.

Over the last 20 years as a Photographer I have met University Photography students who have worked in both of my commercial photography studios and they had amazing photoshop skills, but had no idea what their Apertures are. I know shocking right, 3 year degree and they didn’t know what aperture to use when taking a Architecture image.

Come join a Photography Apprenticeship, we teach that in the first lesson.

But I have to say they were amazing at Photoshop and having sat their for 3 years editing images to create their photographs / modern understanding are they missing real photography skills. But what is Photography now……. I have to honest, I did spend several days teaching technical skills to greatly improve their actual image taking skills and be actual photographer and not just a Photoshop wizard.

Here at the course, we take great pride in the technical knowhow of taking and lighting a image correctly. But with the influence of Photoshop and lightroom we always enjoy teaching this new added wow factor.

But as Photography is an art form that has been around for centuries. However, with the advent of digital cameras and photo editing software, both elements to become an even more skilful art form? Or has it become a graphic design medium? The answer to this question is subjective and depends on your point of view. I’m still struggling to answer the question because times are changing. Some people believe that photography can only be considered an art form if the photograph is taken in a natural setting without any manipulation. Others believe that as long as you are creating something new and original, then it’s photography regardless of how the image was created. What do you think? Is photography an art form or a graphic design medium? Contact us today to learn more about our photography apprenticeship program and see for yourself how we train.

Our Photography course is open to all ages and if you are seeking a Photography apprentice to join business, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Anthony and the team and we will be happy to guide you.