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Fine Art & Processing

Art is measured by how much emotion and pleasure it brings to us and to the viewer. As Alain Briot says, he doesn’t see anything that can be done with digital processing as being inappropriate when creating art

This is the first in a series of essays focused on my work. I thought it would be best to start the series with a description of my philosophy in regard to art and photography. The following essays will focus on explaining specific aspects of my work, namely how I approach and use colour, form, composition, light and so on. Each of these essays will describe the aspects of art and landscape photography that are essential to my work and therefore particularly important to me.

Gear
I like great gear but I am aware that improving gear means getting better gear, not creating better art. Quite simply, better gear equals better resolution, sharpness, dynamic range, stability, functions and other technical qualities. Better gear does not equal better art or more interesting photographs, but better knowledge of art and photography does.

My artistic skills are not defined by my gear any more than a painter’s skills are defined by the brushes, the paint or the canvas that he uses. Interestingly enough, unlike photographers, painters don’t sit around talking about the quality of their gear, be it paint, brushes, canvas, easels and so on. Neither is there a DxO Mark equivalent for the various dynamic range combinations of paint, brushes and canvas. In fact, there is no such thing as paint dynamic range, paint clipping or an out-of-gamut colour palette. Painters simply do not have to worry about colour balance or any of the other technical concerns that many photographers seem obsessed with. Rather, they are concerned with expressing their vision and their emotional response to the subject, something they arrive at rather quickly, not being bothered by the countless technical considerations that photographers concern themselves with.

Neither does there seem to be a hierarchy among painters based on the gear they use, at least not in the way that photographers approach the relationship between gear and skill level or even self-worth. To return to DxOMark, this time from a photographer’s point of view, for most of us visiting this site is a humbling experience because we seek to …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 53 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on Amazon.com and as eBooks on his website.

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