Commercial photography

Photography for which the photographer is paid

Commercial photography is probably best defined as any photography for which the photographer is paid for images rather than works of art. In this light
money could be paid for the subject of the photograph or the photograph itself. Wholesale retail and professional uses of photography would fall under this definition. The commercial photographic world could include:

  • Advertising photography
  • Fashion and glamour photography
  • Concert Photography
  • Crime scene photography
  • Still life photography
  • Food photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Portrait and wedding photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Wildlife photography
  • Paparazzi photography
  • Pet photography

The aesthetics of photography

The aesthetics of photography is a matter that continues to be discussed regularly especially in artistic circles. Many artists argued that photography was the mechanical reproduction of an image. If photography is authentically art then photography in the context of art would need redefinition such as determining what component of a photograph makes it beautiful to the viewer.