Basic guidelines for conceptual photography
Attempting conceptual photography takes the work of a photographer to a new level to convey a message to the viewers. According to a noted photographer, Christina N Dickson, concept shooting is similar to advertising, stock, and photojournalism for several reasons. The inset image conveys the concept of 'belongingness to a religion' by creating the emblem of the religion by its followers, which was posted by a Facebook friend.
"Concept shooting involves some intense analyzing of a 'message' you want to strongly convey. Second, concept shooting involves careful consideration of your audience and how the message will touch them most powerfully," he observes.
Thus, a concept shot combines emotions, feelings and a message. It require a bit of preparation, planning, scene analysis and stage managing. Thus, a concept shot requires a deliberate composition with expressive imagery along with camera angle, lighting, colour, place setting, depth, express.
As a methodology conceptual photography is done to represent an expressive idea, advertising or illustration. Such photographs are the outcome of the well-conceived visualization of a predetermined concept. With the availability of picture-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, one can manipulate images combine elements as a graphic illustration to produce a concept picture these days.
With training and practice, one can take conceptual photography to fine art photography level and win recognition. At times, documentary photography and photojournalism make use of conceptual photography to illustrate some abstract ideas and cognitive messages.