Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Commentary: Outside The Box

This week, continuing on the theme of outside of the box photography, I'm going to discuss the idea of impressionist images.

Like A Dream
This style of what could be called impressionist photography, is a style I only consider for personal art projects. The true value of this type of work is that it helps you look at the world differently. I say that because, a great deal of effort is made by the vast majority of photographers to make an image matches or even exceed what can by seen by the human eye. What if you take the idea of exceeding reality to another level? One where you take something real and use your camera to create something that could not be seen with the naked eye? Something you can see in your mind, but not at any given moment? All long expsoures work this way to some degree, such star and light trails. Even a long exposure used to bring out the light in dark scene follows this principal.

Another aspect of this type of photography is that it falls outside of the conventional thinking, and comfort zones. Let go of the idea that you need to have a point of focus. I still focus this type of shot, but there is no visible point of focus after the image is made. There is a lot of depth to today's sample image, which was shot at F22, but it isn't sharp in the traditional sense. Keep in mind that part of the art of photography is telling a story, and that does not mean the story has to be what you see with your eyes. Seeing beyond what is right in front of you, and capturing that is a fun experience. That creative ability is where the true power of a camera, comes to light.

One of the important things to remember when you are experimenting with different types of image making is that all of the normal rules of photography can still be applied. Aspects of image making like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and composition are still important. All you need to do is let go of the idea that your images have to be made in a specific way. Try making different abstract images, where colour and shapes tell the story rather than the usual technically perfect and sharp images would be the norm.

Use light to bring your images alive, use all the tools that your camera offers to make something new!