INTERPRETIVE TECHNIQUES WITH YOUR CAMERA – WORKING CREATIVELY
There are many different ways to use your camera in the field to create images that express your vision without relying on post-processing. Bring your creativity into the field, and the computer work becomes a tool to REFINE your vision rather than RECONSTRUCTION to get there.
Among the techniques I use in the field include:
Beyond the Thing – Going back to expanding your creative vision, work a subject to the point that what it is has no bearing. Rather, make the image about how it feels by working with patterns, curves, lines, edges, color, and so on. Think about graphic elements, but also look for things like hearts, faces and other things beyond the subject. I find things like this in trees, flower petals, rust patterns, clouds and other common objects.
In-Camera Multiple Exposure. I am able to take up to ten images in one frame. Every camera system and model is different. I often use this with flowers and forests. How many exposures depends on the subject and the look I want. I experiment with number of exposures and direction of movement of each frame. If you can only shoot two-frame multiples, see what you can do with sets of “twosies” in the image overlay feature that many cameras have.
Motion Blurs. With this technique, I can create washes of color. How the image looks depends on the colors in the scene (large or small) and how slowly or quickly I move the camera during the exposure. Typically, I will turn stabilization off, set a small aperture (f/16 or f/22, depending on light levels), and determine the range of motion and speed that will work. Exposure lengths vary. I may also turn autofocus off. I begin my movement before pressing the shutter.