Over the past couple of years the popularity of art photography has risen with some photographs selling from £700+.Gone are the usual art photographs of tower blocks and "everyday people" not looking their best or as Pulp lyrics go "because you think poor is cool" .These have been replaced by beautiful tonal images which include a subject with splash of one contrasting colour. These images are incredibly reminiscent of the fabulous fashion photographs seen in Vogue Magazines in the late 1970's early 1980's. Not only because of the attention to detail in the colours but the subject matter and natural scenery surrounding the whole shot. Even the black and white images have reverted to beautiful lines and contrasts. The use of photoshop is very most likely to still be used ( there are still some photographers who relish working in a darkroom rather than on a computer and their photographs cost much more), though whereas you can distinctly spot a shoot/shop/sell photograph these new photographs have had thoughts, planning and processes behind the shot. After many years of seeing decay, untidiness or half an image in photography regurgitated year after year it is wonderful to see the new photography movement merge and grow. Aestheticism in photography is slowly returning.So if you can't afford a few hundred pounds on an art photograph can you still use photographic images in the home? Of course you can, but like paintings your home can look fabulous or tasteless.Here are just a few pointers.Photographic canvas prints where a photographic image has been printed onto a canvas are a great alternative to paintings, if you are between the age of 12-22. A bit more upmarket than a poster but perfectly fine as a starter for developing taste if still living at home with parents.The most understated home accessory are the family photographs. I remember going to visit the grandmother of a friend, I was drawn to the mantelpiece which was covered in fabulous black & white photographs of members of the family all in beautiful frames, a mixture of small and medium sizes.Apart from the way they were presented ( the colour, frames etc..) it was actually the way the shots were taken. Thought had gone into where to stand, what was around in the back/foreground, the "natural" ( not posed) shots projected a genuine warmth of that moment coming from the person in a photograph taken 70 years ago.The digital age has changed certain aspects for the better but also losing the connectedness to situations .The digital camera is a very convenient modern day tool. How else would people have made money on ebay, or post images of a baby which was born 15 minutes ago on Facebook or Twitter. But everything is double sided and are the images that people shoot now good enough for the mantelpiece?One of the things we miss out on is the moment of finding the old suitcase or box filled with old photographs that seem to appear every couple of years. Sitting on the floor and going through every photograph and album. The present stops for a couple of hours and getting lost in memories from the past (good, bad,funny,sad) take over until the phone rings or you realize that you could do with a cup of tea ( or tissues as you have come across the 120 photos of your first pet). Would you get the same effect from the files of images on the computer? Sadly no, and even more sadder is that unless this changes, generations will not experience this genuine reminiscent behaviour.Not only has the equipment changed but most photographs are absolutely terrible. With all the power of editing and deleting at your fingertips why do some people not use these features. Photographs that really should not be seen pop up on Facebook( I'm using Facebook as an example as many people use this to communicate rather than picking the best photos and posting them by mail ). An example of this is when my sister wanted to see what my old school friend looked like now. When I showed her a picture she said "oh wow, isn't that lovely, volunteering her time, good for her!" Confused I asked her what she meant by this comment. She replied " she's helping in some kind of institution or home, isn't she? Is it run by a charity?" I replied "er no, that's her boyfriend and those are his parents". For next few minutes all that was said was "Nooooooooo! Noooooooooooo!"The lesson here is be careful what your subjects are doing and the setting of the photograph. White and cream coloured walls with minimal furniture and bad prints or even worse portraits on the walls along with a tub of Flora on the dining table does give an impression of some sort of institutional residence.To have a great photograph worthy of putting on display you have to go back to "old school" thinking and practices. Read more about Dallas Architectural Photographer.  A "that'll do" attitude shows through in the finished product. There seems to be a theme of narcissism rather than natural charisma in photographs nowadays. Genuine warmth and personality has been replaced by what is known as "one look" ( popular phase quoted from the film Zoolander). Coincidentally my mothers early photographs were of her doing "one look" but as she pointed out " you would have that face too if you had to stand or sit still for 2 hours waiting for the photographer to take the picture. There was no messing about or playing incase a hair was out of place or our clothes became dirty or creased". Ah the days before looking untidy was considered a badge of honour of how hard your life is . For full frontal photographs remember to take the slippers off before the snap button is pressed ( unless the person taking the photograph really hates you and takes the shot anyway).So the subject of the photograph is presentable ( or in another word, clean and the clothes fit correctly). The other point to take in is the back/foreground and composition of the shot. Photographs for display must be properly composed. By composed they don't have to be as rigid as a passport photograph but there is a difference between a shot of a brother and sister giving eachother a hug laughing and a shot where the only thing going through the mind.The other in vogue photographs or images to put on display are photographic prints. For example vintage postcards or vintage photographs of people and places. These have replaced the quite common Far East travel/holiday photographs on walls. It seems as the world gets smaller and travel is more popular there has been a leaning towards purchasing images whether vintage postcards or vintage photographs of people from the past ( not related ) for example a soldier from China in 1906 or a group of actors from a small village in Austria in 1918. Very random, very unique and very interesting. There may not be a bloodline connection as you would have if it was a picture of your great grandmother on her wedding day but they are part of history. To take a good photograph to put on display you have to go back to the past and retrain. For more info visit Dallas Architectural Photographer.