Most of the categories in photography show the subject clearly. For example, when photographing a portrait or landscape, you try to represent the face and environment. When shooting Abstract Photography, it’s all about ideas and presentation. Whatever subject you choose, you need to bring the essence of what you’re photographing. The below tips will useful for your experiment in Abstract Photography.
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#1 Get Close
An abstract photograph should give the viewer a different perspective of the subject than a normal photograph would. Especially, while you capture textures and patterns get close and fill the frame. So the subject will looks like unimaginable and unfamiliar look.
#2 Thinking in Tones
The best photographers are always aware of bright highlight on their subjects and can make exposure adjustments when necessary. This sixth sense can be developed by making a quick, visual check of your subject before pressing the shutter button.
#3 Lookout for Interesting Elements
You can find abstract images in nature, such as repeating lines, strange textures, interesting patterns, plants, clouds, rocks, sand, and bodies of water. It’s also possible to create abstract compositions by arranging strange objects in interesting ways.
#4 Using Hand-Held Flash and Tripod
If your camera is fitted with a hot shoe flash socket for attaching a powerful flash unit, you can mount a special device to this called a hot shoe adaptor. This enables you to attach a flexible flash cord so the unit can be taken off your camera and held to one side. Angled flash can mimic the look natural light and is great for abstract subjects when available light is bland. Also, it’s very important to use Tripod when you take abstracts in closer format.
#5 Practice and Experiments
Practice, practice, practice and do lots of experiments. Sometimes something as minor as changing the while balance and exposure settings can change the whole image. Sometimes the wrong settings may be the right one for the image. So don’t hesitate to do experiments with your gear and as well as your subject.
#6 Crop and Rotate your Image
When you ready to do some post processing of your abstract photo, use crop tool to make stronger composition. Rotate your image vertically and horizontally to create an unfamiliar look. Even, you can rotate your image to 180 degrees and see how different it is. For cropping, zoom the image and find that particular part of the image has abstract photograph quality of its own.
Hope the above tips will useful to start your Abstract Photography. Go and Practice now!!
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