This creative photography ideas tutorial has Ray Scott showing you how motion blur can create fun and unique photos. He uses two techniques. The first exercise uses an up and down camera movement to make an almost painterly looking picture while the second technique involves rotating the camera to achieve a spiral almost “Alice In Wonderland” look.
One of the nice things about this photographic project is that you can use either a dslr, compact camera or cell phone. They all work very well. While these affects can be created in Photoshop, this is something that can be done by anyone who has any kind of camera. Look at it as a good form of camera shake. Creative photography tips…for the creative photographer.
When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 50mm macro with extender. 16-35mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L, and 70-200mm f/4L round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy.
Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.
One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.
Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.
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hi today on short exposure we're going to break one of the rules of photography you know we spend a lot of time trying to keep our cameras still when we take pictures whether we use a tripod or we're using some sort of image stabilization but today we're going to move the camera in two different ways to create special effects so today on visual art photography tutorials we're going to move the camera in two different ways to create two different effects but before we get started I just like to say a big thank you to all of you who subscribe to the channel and if you haven't subscribed yet hey we'd love to have you aboard okay so the first movement today you take your camera and you move it up and down now the key here is to use a shutter speed of maybe a fifteenth of a second or longer to achieve a blurred effect so you set your shutter speed and if you can't get that shutter speed where you want it use a small aperture say f-16 f-22 or maybe use a neutral density filter or a polarizer on your lens and that should get your shutter speed down to where you need it to be up and down when you shoot and it should look something like this all right this first image was taken at a tenth of a second with a smooth motion on the camera this one here was taken at one second with a little bit of a herky-jerky motion and it kind of forms this it almost looks like a waterfall in the forest this picture was taken at one point three seconds and it's quite blurred okay so the second motion we're going to use today is the circular motion now when you see the picture it's going to look like I've moved the camera like you know 360 degrees or something like that but you don't need to do that now I shot a picture at let's say a second or one-and-a-half seconds and you do this when you're shooting it like this just like that just 90 degree turn and that'll give you this effect okay this set of the pictures almost looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland this first shot taken at one second and the second one very wild at two seconds and then we look up into the forest canopy and we've taken this picture at a fifth of a second and then the effect is a little more pronounced with this shot at a half a second now you can combine these images with something else to make something completely different as well take this picture and combine it with this image to form something like this the possibilities are endless get out there and try those two techniques and see what happens to your photography it could end up being rather artistic certainly creative and don't be afraid to experiment use all kinds of different shutter speeds and all kinds of different motions and long motions short motions all kinds of things I've always said it we're only limited by our imaginations so don't be afraid to experiment that's what it's all about until next time I'm ray Scott remember it's not what you see it's how you see it and I'll see you soon