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Photo Tips: Shutter - Camera Movement

Camera movement is often something fairly undesired while taking a photo, but there are times when it can look great! Moving the camera during longer exposures lets you use it much like a paint brush. Only this is much more unpredictable! Colours and images will blur and the end result is often a dreamy, impressionist version of the scene.


This style of photography can range from high drama or very subtle. It will depend on the light, colour and amount of movement. The more you move the camera and the longer the exposure - the more abstract the image will become. The photo above was taken of my band by my girlfriend. There we lots of very sharply focused photos but this was my favourite of all the photos taken that night. There's so much action in this photo, it really matched the on stage atmosphere.


This method is a great way of representing movement, fun, distress, confusion, energy as well as more subtle dreamy feelings. The following series of photos were taken at Glastonbury Festival a couple years ago. They were completely accidental (I may have had a few beers and forgot to change my camera setting!) but in my opinion they represent the happy chaos of Glastonbury  perfectly.  





So, do not delete accidents - they may turn out to be fantastic when you look back over them. If you want to give the camera movement technique a try here are some useful tips:

Start out with just a 1 second exposure. Depending on the light, you wont need much more than that. From here you can experiment with longer exposures. 

Have a play with your ISO setting. For smoother, more saturated image, use a low ISO. If you want something more impressionist and grainy, use a higher ISO.

These are two good things to think about if you want a bit more control, but if like me, you like things to be a lot more unpredictable, try not to worry too much. Don't think - just snap.

Give it a try and make sure you show us what you come up with on our Facebook page.

Peace out, Carl


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