Then it happens...you take a photo and your settings are all off. Maybe your shutter speed is too slow or you forgot to focus. You almost want to delete the photo, but something about it makes you linger. That blur is no longer annoying...it's stunning.
|twirl, twirl, twirl for the birthday girl by kirstinmckee|
- Slow your shutter speed. Fast shutter speeds (ex. 1/4000) will actually freeze movement. If you're looking for something along the lines of Kirstin's image above, select a longer shutter speed (.5 seconds to 5 seconds). Your subject won't need to move much at all before you start to see blur. This is perfect for dancing or highway scenes (although you may need a tripod).
|Painted Venice by Kat Eye View|
- Move the Camera. Moving the camera during a long exposure can create the effect of an abstract painting. You no longer control exactly what you get, but you create a new way of seeing a still scene. These types of shot can be especially interesting at night.
- Unfocus. Turn your camera's focus to manual. Then rotate your focus ring until you've blurred the image. By a simple turn of the dial you can change an otherwise ugly side street into a work of art. Using this approach, you'll also be able to better capture other elements of a scene such as skylines, architectural shape, bokeh and emotion. It's one of my favorite techniques!
|A Harmony in Lights by soupatraveler|
Whatever approach you take, blur it out!
Also, join us tomorrow as we start our musing on the theme of Macro images. Then, on the 30th of September, the last day of the theme, we'll be hosting a linky party where you can add your own links and show us all how you have chosen to interpret "macro". We'll be doing these link-ups every other Friday for each theme this year — we hope you'll come out and play!
Until next time,
Ashley of Ramblings and Photos