A sculpture is a form of art that is different than other two-dimensional ones for many reasons. The most obvious of these reasons is the third-dimensionality of it. A sculpture is experienced by both the maker and the viewer in a completely different way than a painting, and that makes it harder to create a complete, coherent piece of sculpture.
It Must Have Transition
One of the most important things in any sculptural form is the transition it has. The form must flow from one point to another, or meet at each intersection in a seamless way. A sculpture that looks like it was made from one single piece has much more value than one where you can see seams or cracks.
The Proportions Must be Accurate
This is a key point for realistic sculptures, such as those of people or animals etc. Since a sculpture is experienced from all sides, even the slightest mistake in the overall proportions can throw one’s whole creation off. So it is very, very important to make sure that realistic sculptures have accurate proportions.
It’s Still a Matter of Visuals
A sculpture may be different from painting, but at the end of the day it is still something that is seen with the eye. Therefore, it matters a lot which materials are chosen, how well they are combined with one another, and what colors the final sculpture is clad in. The whole thing has to be aesthetically pleasing, and once an artist is done with the careful crafting process, they must give a good amount of time to its finish as well.
Art has, without a doubt, the power to influence people in both good and bad ways. Art evokes feelings within the viewers because it connects to them on a personal level. Something that shows a direct representation of the culture one lives in or the problems they face has a different meaning for the viewer, while something abstract can be perceived in many different ways.
But we are here today to talk about a very specific kind of art and why it has a more profound effect on people in many instances.
A History of Honor
The reason sculpture, as an art form, is often more powerful than others is because of its boldness. As a historic art form, sculpture was used to declare honor or bestow some sort of power upon someone. The Lincoln Memorial is a declaration of America’s greatness, the early sculptures of Venus were used to bring good luck and abundance.
A Feeling of Interactivity
Other than this historic value, human beings simply respond more to objects that are three-dimensional. There is a feeling of interactivity when one can walk around a piece of art and look at it from all sides rather than just head on. Sculptures are often made of natural materials as well, which adds another layer to the connection humans have with them.
A Medium to Express
While other art forms are also used to express one’s feelings or convey a message in an abstract way, allowing this to be done in a three-dimensional way gives sculpture a different kind of edge. Most historic sculptures were representations of honorable figures or gods and goddesses, but today the art form is constantly evolving. Today, artists use sculptures to highlight important social issues. They use new and innovation materials to create their art pieces, and just the fact that most of these art pieces can be walked around and really noticed make sculpture one of the best ways to make art – at least for me.
Most artwork demands to be documented properly. If not, it becomes impossible for future generations to know about it and appreciate it. That is why it is so important for people to understand how to take photos of their work. But while the documentation of indoor art can be fairly easy, outdoor sculptures are a different story. Photographers have to be careful about a multitude of factors, including the weather, location, time of day, number of people passing by etc.
Many outdoor sculpture photos are completely ruined because they’re backlit by the sun, which means that the sun shines with all its glory right in the camera lens. However, there is one trick that can help ensure that your outdoor sculptures get improved drastically.
Start Practicing HDR Photography
HDR Photography, or High Dynamic Range Photography, aims to maximize the dynamic range of your camera. This means that a photo that is HDR will have a balanced exposure all around, from the highlights to the mid tones and the shadows.
Mostly what happens when shooting outdoor art on a sunny day is that the bright sunlight throws the camera’s exposure off. If you expose for the details in the sky, then the rest of the image becomes too dark. Similarly, if you expose your image to capture the details in the shadows, then the sky gets completely washed out.
This is exactly what HDR photography aims to solve. By combining multiple photos of the same subject at different exposure settings, you can make sure that the final image has all the details you need.
How to Take HDR Photos
Taking HDR photos is very simple. All you really need to do is take two or more photos of the outdoor sculpture you’re trying to shoot. These photos should be taken at different exposure settings. One should show the details in the sky, and the other should clearly show the sculpture. The more exposures you take, the more details you can achieve.
Once done with your photos, simply bring them inside my HDR processor of choice, Aurora HDR 2017, and merge them all into one cohesive image. This final HDR photo can then be processed as you wish within Aurora HDR to your heart’s content.
HDR photography is not something that can be learned very easily, of course. You should practice as much as you can by taking photos of different objects to figure out what kinds of exposures work best in any given situation. Once you’re confident about it, you won’t have to worry about waiting for the perfect conditions to shoot your next piece of outdoor art.