It’s been said that photographers are painters in a hurry. Or, we’re painters with ADD.
You get the picture.
Shannon and I thought it would be a fun challenge if we embraced the whole photographer’s are similar to painters thing, and tried to create painterly images only using your camera. That means no fancy apps or software to change a regular photo into a painting.
How the heck do I create a painterly image in camera?
It’s really easy. I mean, making an image look like a painting is easy, but the challenge is nailing the composition. These are 2 techniques thad we use to create painterly images in camera:
- Switch to manual focus and shoot out of focus on purpose
- Use a slow shutter speed and move the camera while the sensor is exposed.
Tips to help you create something awesome:
- Take a lot of photos. We’d be amazed if anyone got an award winning shot on their first try with a new technique.
- Try different subjects. These techniques will work better for some subjects than others. Experiment and see what you like. Obviously, panning works well when there are strong lines present.
- Let your eyes go out of focus so you can try to see the world similar to an out of focus camera.
- Try to use the rule of thirds to create a pleasing composition.
The Deadline – June 10th
We want to make sure you have plenty of time to play with these techniques and get something that you’re happy with. Submit your images to email@example.com, by June 10th, and we’ll create a gallery with all the participants, and a link to their blogs.
Examples of painterly images created in camera
Below is an example of shooting while completely out of focus. I suggest trying varying degrees of out of focus, because going too far will leave you with blobs of color, and you’ll probably still want some definition in your image.
If you don’t have a fancy camera, you can even use your mobile phone to create a surreal image, without a painterly app. All you need is an app, like slow shutter, that will let you choose a slow shutter speed so you can pan with your phone while shooting.