Fine Art Photography - Break the Rules and Start Creating
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Fine Art Photography - Break the Rules and Start Creating

Learn from 45 world masters! The first practical approach for understanding and applying the art of photography.
4.2 (46 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,393 students enrolled
Created by Valery Poshtarov
Last updated 2/2016
Current price: $18 Original price: $45 Discount: 60% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Access to over 1600 of the most valued and famous examples of art photography
  • Be able to use various art techniques and methods
  • Make difference between a simple picture and a picture of art
  • You will have acquired a more creative approach and way of thinking about the art of photography
  • Enjoy your every encounter with the great art
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  • Understand the basics of photography

Over 1000 students just in the first 24 hours!

Have you ever asked yourself how and when a photographic image becomes an art? Do you feel a desire for your pictures to be unlike the million images produced every day and have that creative edge?

There are many courses that teach you how to shoot.

With this course, you will learn how to create art.

  • Learn how and why art can move and inspire!
  • Find out why you are more important than your kit of camera appliances!
  • Find new means of expressing your thoughts!
  • Leave the stereotypes and start bringing your ideas across!

To be a photographer you need just a camera. But to be an artist, you need something more. Find out what!

Art moves our utmost feelings. Art is timeless. Like the very essence of life, art is a beauty but it may hide behind thick curtains. The very aim of this course is to be unlike courses you may have already followed. It will open your eyes to a beauty of higher order.

I will show you 62 masterpieces from 45 world masters of photography.

Learn how they did their most valued photographs trough memorable examples and exercises.

My deep understanding and sincere desire for this course are to present to all photographers and beginners in the art of photography the most important thing to deal with – CRITERIA, those special hallmarks necessary! I will introduce to you dozens of masterpieces of the world photography from the past and modern day and show you their secrets.

I will show you things you can’t find in books and manuals. I will lead you on the paths to art and aesthetic. I will do my best to be clear in what I say and I will show you every single aspect of my ideas with visual and memorable examples.

Аrt is not reserved only to famous photographers and I am here to help you!

See what students are saying:

  • This course is like a private tour of an art gallery with an expert guide. / Rachel Beaney
  • Astonishingly breathtaking! Any photographer, a beginner to master, will find this course to be an insightful gem. / David Bowman
  • I have known the basics of photography, but through this course, I gained a deeper appreciation for the artistic expression that photographs can provide. / Andrew Luttrell
  • There is a lot of value on the course so it could be seen several times. / Atanas Manolov

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants express himself as artist by the art of photography
  • Anyone who strives to know about how photography became art
  • This course will be equally interesting as for the people who aim to have general understanding in the subject and for professional photographers looking for developing their skills and judgement as well
  • This course is not only for photographers, it is for all who appreciate art
Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
2 Lectures 08:22

There is no clear definition of what the fine art photography really is.

Preview 03:43

You have the power in your hands and this is the power to push the trigger. It is like the power of pushing the trigger of a gun. But the difference is that by pushing the trigger of your camera you create life, you don’t take it.

The Power of Photography
MYTH 1: The Perfectness of Camera and Equipment Is Very Important
4 Lectures 22:26

If the details matter a lot in photography of space objects how important is the detail in art photography?

Is This True?

Here I comment on many great and famous photographs that illustrate the use of (out of) focus as a vehicle for expression.

The (Out of) Focus as Vehicle for Expression

The use of exposure & contrast as a vehicles for expression illustrated by many great photographs.

Preview 06:50

Once you have won over your premonitions and fears, you are ready to start experimenting in search of that perfect shot.

Еxercise 1
MYTH 2: The Composition Is Just Putting Together Objects Within the Frame
7 Lectures 27:13

Let’s be clear: the composition is NOT just the placement of objects in the frame. Composition is a major means of expression in art photography. Find out why!

How Important Is Composition?

7 great examples which will teach you how to use various methods of composition through forms.

Composition Through Forms

7 great examples which will teach you how to use various methods of composition through contrast.

Preview 03:30

Light is the most classical method of composition in photography. Art photography is sculpturing with light and the Goddess of Photography has got two faces – Light and Shadow. Learn how to use them through real examples!

Light In Photography Composition

In this lecture I am going to put some special attention on how color can be specific means in your building up a more vigorous photography composition.

How Colour Can Make Your Composition

Even the best composed photograph with the most effective balance in colour, light and forms may eventually not stir people’s emotions at all. Learn how to make the time your best friend on the way to that remarkable shot composition!

Why Time Is Your Best Friend On The Way To That Remarkable Shot Composition?

Now that you know the power of composition, you can look at photography in a completely different way.

Exercise 2
MYTH 3: The Fine Art Photography Is In Black & White
4 Lectures 14:04

Ten years ago, when I was studying in La Sorbonne in Paris, I started a research in this field. Here I want to share some of my observations in the subject I am talking about.

In Defense of Black and White Photography

Colours in photographs can be a story in itself or at least the main focus of a vibrant expression. I will introduce you to its basics from a rather standard point of view.

In Defense of Colors

Here I comment on many great and famous photographs that illustrate the importance of colors in photography.

How Important Is Color In Photography?

Now that you already know about the power of color in photography, you can start your next adventure in this amazing art form.

Exercise 3
MYTH 4: Posing Is Preposterous, Will Steal the Performance
3 Lectures 17:58

Dictionaries give two meanings for the verb “to pose”:

  1. To assume or hold a particular position or posture, as in sitting for a portrait.
  2. To represent oneself falsely; pretend to be other than what one is.

Do you see the contradiction? How can you tell the difference what comes naturally? And in photography?
What Does Actually Posing Mean?

Photographers have their own tricks to avoid the traps of posing. In this lecture I will give you some examples.

The Grip of Sincerity. The Art of Artlessness.

Now you are familiar with the approaches to photography portrait, you should follow the simple steps and I am sure, you will find your own approach.

Еxercise 4
MYTH 5: Photography Is Just Mechanical Reproduction of Material Objects
2 Lectures 04:27

It is the most kept secret in art and only a few artist will ever tell it to you.

The Deepest Art Secret Ever

In order to sell their art, artist have invented the idea of...

The Second Secret
1 Lecture 01:09

This was only the beginning. The best lies ahead!

Bonus Lecture
1 Lecture 02:28
Further Reading & Resources
About the Instructor
Valery Poshtarov
4.2 Average rating
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1,393 Students
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Photographer & Art Manager

Valery Poshtarov is experienced art photographer, fine artist and author of more than 30 exhibitions around Europe.

V. P. was born in Bulgaria in 1986. He studied painting at the National School of Arts in Varna. In 2005 he moved to Paris where he graduated Plastic Arts at the Sorbonne. This period is related to his vivid interest in the genre of the classical French humanist photography from the middle of the last century. Exhibitions of works from this time were presented in Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Sofia and more. The art of Valery Poshtarov is part of major collections of different official institutions in the world: Presidency of the Republic of France, French embassy in Ireland, Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Paris, Evgenii Evtushenko Museum in Moscow and others.

Valery is also a fine art expert and gallerist, founder of the first online art gallery in East Europe.