Whether you are a novice photographer or a seasoned photographer, I am convinced that as time goes by, our creative passion and imagination will wear thin, and eventually the primal urge to push the boundaries of the image will be nowhere to be found. So how do you find a way to keep the passion alive and let the creativity flow back into you? Maybe it’s time to try out Impressionism and use abstract representation in your work. Try to push the envelope. This way you can see the world from a completely different perspective.
Different from traditional photography, which emphasizes authenticity and clarity, the core of impressionist photography is to leave space for imagination, put aside the bondage of fixed form, and be fascinated by the color, texture and charm of the picture. Let’s explore how you can create attractive impressionist photos. Here are five tips to get you started quickly.
1. Look for shapes, patterns and textures around you
As you go about your daily activities, remember to pay attention to the shapes around you. Your house, for example, is full of interesting shapes, patterns, and materials that can be used for abstract creation. Look closely at the colorful things around you and consider if there are recurring themes and shapes. Lines are used most frequently in photography. Let your eyes follow these lines and let them guide your perspective. The graph below shows the curves formed by waves breaking into the shore, and the structures formed in the concrete and steel of the city are also worth exploring.
2. Look for reflections
It can be said that the use of reflection is one of the best ways to create impressionist or abstract style, if you look carefully, it is not difficult to find that reflection is everywhere. As you walk through the city, look at those smooth surfaces and think about how you can draw people’s attention by using reflections. Focus on the colorful reflections of a street scene in the rain, which can give you fantastic images, as well as more common reflections in lakes and rivers. However, the reflection still needs to be attached to the original thing, which means that the richer the texture and shape of the subject itself, the more extraordinary and interesting its reflection will be.
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4. Move your camera
Moving the camera around while shooting is a fun trick that will take some time to practice, but is easy to master. Once you’ve chosen your subject, the next step is to set the shutter speed on your camera, not too fast, to about a tenth of a second. As the subject approaches, focus the camera and keep moving at the same speed as the subject.
The trick to success is to choose the right subject, bright colors are the ideal condition, and if we can use lines to separate the colors, even better, we can use this technique to create beautiful seascapes and landscape shots, where the objects in the picture will be deformed horizontally due to the horizontal movement of the camera, showing various horizontal lines. If you move the camera lengthwise, a lengthwise line will be formed.
5. Coke effect
Focus-popping, or zoom blurring, is another simple, fun, and easy-to-master technique. By changing the focal length of the lens during the shoot, we can create a blur that radiates from the center outward and feels as if the whole frame is exploding in front of us.
To use this technology well, you need a zoom lens. Set the shutter before you shoot, preferably no faster than a tenth of a second. Follow the normal steps to take the photo, then change the focus of the lens after pressing the shutter. The key to success is to control the speed and direction of the zoom.
Take the time to connect technologies and realize their potential. Analyze your photos a lot and try to think about how you can improve them. But anyway, just having fun with it is enough.