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Abstract Photography Suggestions

By Joe Thomas

This short article covers four techniques which you can use to produce abstract images. These techniques may be applied to a variety of subject matter to produce great abstract photography.

Using Blur

[I:]The blurring of objects is the first technique that will be covered. Not all images work well with this technique. The images that do work best are the ones that have a dreamy feel. This means that one must be careful to pick the subject matter carefully for this technique.

There are various approaches to this technique. Possibly the simplest way is to use a soft focus lens. On the other hand, this is also the most expensive method. Another method is to use a soft focus filter which can be mounted on almost any lens. If you would prefer to save some money, panty hose stretched over the front of a lens also works. For people who prefer, the blur can always be added with Photoshop during the editing of the images.

Zooming In on the Subject

The zooming in technique produces a very interesting effect. However, it does require a zoom lens. This technique utilizes a long shutter speed. While the shutter is open, the focal length of the lens is altered. The standard approach is to start at a wide angle and zoom into a narrow angle.[I:]

Keeping in mind a few points can help create better photos. It is crucial to use a tripod whenever using the zoom technique. Without a tripod, the image will be blurred by camera motion. A strong center of interest works best with this technique. For those images that don’t have a strong center of interest, the image frequently appears to be simply a group of blurry lines. Keeping these points in mind can help to improve your abstract images.

Trial and error is part of this technique. Numerous photos will, probably, be taken to produce one eye-catching photo. This is simply part of the procedure.

Photographing a Partial Object

With this technique, the entire object is not photographed. Instead, the image includes just a portion of an object. The goal is to isolate the most interesting part of an object.

Photoshop Filters

Instead of creating abstract images at the time that an image is shot, Photoshop can be utilized to create the abstract. Photoshop filters offer one simple way to do this. The Photoshop filters can be found in the Filter menu. The key here is to experiment with the various filters.

In Conclusion

Each of these techniques can produce great abstract photos. The next step is to grab your camera. Then, you just need to head out to create some wonderful images.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot more to abstract photography than the material included in this article. To learn more, check out Cool Abstract Photography Techniques. I wish you best of luck with your abstract photography projects.

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Thomas, Joe "Abstract Photography Suggestions." Abstract Photography Suggestions. 12 Jul. 2010. 27 Oct 2014 <>.

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