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Types of Photography?


TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 8:59PM
Nick had a look at my PF and constructively commented that:
Quote:I had a look at your PF Tony, I think it shows quite a bit of potential. I would hazard a guess you are drawn more to mono abstract type images.

Dear Fellow Artists/Photographers,

What the types of photography are out there?

I know of:
1. Landscape/seascape etc
2. Portrait
3. Abstract
4. Fashion (which a combination of portrait and creative etc) I think.
5. Creative
6. all of the above in black and white

* what is the difference between 'duo tone', 'grey scale' and Black and White?

It goes without saying: But, yes, thank you all a lot!

Tony

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Fogey 1 83 13 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:26PM
Macro:
HDR:
Digitally altered:
justin c 11 4.6k 36 England
28 Feb 2013 9:27PM
Wildlife/Natural History
Fogey 1 83 13 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:29PM
Sport:
Action:
Photo-journalism:
Nigeyboy 6 537 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:36PM
Wedding!!!! Wink
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:37PM
Glamour
Art nude
High speed flash
Product

Clothing(fashion) is what I use to distinguish between portrait and fashion.
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 9:45PM
There seems to be a long list!

But, can we cluster/group them in/under one title type etc?

Who is a photographer/what is photography: this probably for another forum or discussion.

The other thing is when I tell people that I do a bit of a photographer; most of the pull their smartphone out and show me there photos: a range of stuff; from holiday to snaps of meals etc...

I haven't really asked them, but, it seems that they are saying photography is as easy as taking a snap with a 8pm smart phone and is a good or even better than yours!

So the question: what is photography?
Meheecho 2 275 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 10:10PM
Roughly quoting Ken Rockwell-- the ability to envision something in your mind and to use whatever tools you have available to convey that to others-- a bit highbrow but It sums it up for me whether it be a camera, paintbrush or other
28 Feb 2013 10:15PM

Quote:There seems to be a long list!

But, can we cluster/group them in/under one title type etc?



Its easy for some to cluster it. They tend to look at it as 'Wedding' and everything else is unimportant' Tongue

Seriously though, its hard to break each group down to simple terms. Some photography is artistic, some is more of a record. Some is edited in post production (to varying degrees) while others are 'pure'. Its all photography though, whether folk like it or not or if its by a professional, an enthusiast or an iphone snapper
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
4 Mar 2013 11:10AM
If you mean 'what genres are there in photography' then here's a start (by no means exhaustive and sub-genres can be grouped under several main headings):

Landscape
Wildlife
Architecture
Sill-life / studio
Portraiture
Reportage
Commercial / fashion / product-photography
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 11:46AM
I would tend to look at genres as techniques rather than subjects and in that respect I think jools is pretty close to my thinking (so wedding and glamour would both come under 'portraiture' for example).
As a technique I would add macro whether you are shooting Nature (plants, insects etc) or still life (everyday objects).
Photo Art would be another one (photos taken with the intention of heavily manipulating them) though you can imagine HDR would blur the line between this one and (for example) landscapes.
RavenTepes 5 199 United States
6 Mar 2013 7:25AM
Realistically, there are about as many types of photography as there are styles of music.
TonyCoridan 1 137 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 9:29AM

Quote:Realistically, there are about as many types of photography as there are styles of music.


Sounds right!

May be the answer I was hoping to get was that: photography is photography it's just setting and circumstances are different!

Tony
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
6 Mar 2013 12:57PM

Quote:Realistically, there are about as many types of photography as there are styles of music.


I'm not sure I agree. Like music, most types of photography are merely variations on a few basic genres.


Quote:May be the answer I was hoping to get was that: photography is photography it's just setting and circumstances are different!


Generally, yes. Except that different genres may require different equipment and/or techniques to get the very best results.
JackAllTog e2
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 1:35PM
And are we not always looking for new ways of presenting our photography and so always looking to add a distinct type in its own right.

I'd like to try Time lapse Magnetic field haptic photography from the POV of a migratory bird?

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