Intentional Camera Movement – Shooting Technique

Impressions - Volume Twenty-SevenIn this post I want to share with you the shooting technique, and thoughts about this photograph, shot with my Fujifilm X100T.

Short version, you need a shutter speed of around 0.5 second or slower, my latest shots are between 0.5 – 1.5 seconds. You don’t need a tripod to use this technique.

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The Challenge Of An Unfamiliar Landscape

In this post I want to share with you how I approach the challenge of a new unfamiliar landscape, very different from what I am used to.

A Study In Colours - Volume ThirteenShort version, don’t get distracted by the new environment, take a deep breath, remind yourself that all the basics still apply, a weak composition is still a weak composition, clipped highlights are still clipped highlights.

Long version, keep on reading.

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Intentional Camera Movement- The Importance Of Experimenting

ApparitionsI want to share a secret with you. I did not plan this project. Honestly I didn’t.

It is a product of one part pure chance, one part willingness to experiment without expectation of coming away with the perfect shot. In this post I want to take you through the story behind it, why I think it works and why it is one of my favourite projects.

The first two photos were shot a cold and windy winter day last March, I was at the stables with my wife trying to do a long overdue new portrait of our retired thoroughbred race horse, Zorran. Incidentally, if you have ever done portraits of animals, you know that it is not easy, lets just say that they have no sense of the importance of standing still, posing in a way that makes them look their best.

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What Else It Is

I confess, I’m old fashioned and actually read books…preferably physical books. A good book gives you inspiration, ideas, general knowledge and it makes you think, all which helps you become a better photographer. Read books. Recently* I read “The Essence of Photography” (ISBN 1937538516) by Bruce Barnbaum, an inspiring book that gave me new ideas and reminded me of things that I had previously learned but forgot, or not fully understood.What Else It Is

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Divine Intervention

The photos in my new portfolio Divine Intervention were shot utilizing intentional camera movement in combination with a off camera speedlite. Divine Intervention

The idea behind this technique is to combine the exposure from the speedlite and the ambient light.

The exposure from the flash creates definition, the intentional camera movement – left with the ambient light only – creates the softness and sense of movement.

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A Study In Colours – Volume Eleven

I’ve added a new photo to my A Study In Colours project.

A Study In Colours - Volume Eleven

It was shoot with my X100T in October last year visiting a favourite location of mine nearby. The light came and went so I went back and forth between using my B+W CPL to slow the shutter and using the CPL with the X100T built in 3 stop ND. The built in ND is a feature that I really like, it comes in very handy, just activate it and it’s there.

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