We Simplify The Technical!

Some people may call this intentional camera movement but Impressionistic Photography is a bit different.  In episode 190 of the Understand Photography Show, Charles Needle goes step by step how to do some of these very cool techniques – right in your camera!

Episode 190

Impressionistic Photography In-Camera Techniques

Impressionistic photography involves intentional camera movement AND the use of multiple exposures…..in-camera and/or using Photoshop.  Charles Needle excels in this technique, even bringing photographers over to Monet’s garden in France for inspiration!

Please listen to or watch the show for more details.  Or contact Charles directly at www.charlesneedlephoto.com

“Multiple Exposure Monet”
In the menu, many cameras have a multiple exposure setting.  Set that anywhere from two to ten exposures.
Find a scene with a lot of contrast in both the tones (lights and darks) and colors.
Use a small aperture such as F/16.
As you take the 2 to 10 photos, move the camera slightly between each shot.
If you don’t have the multiple exposure option in your camera, you can still do this technique.  Just blend in Photoshop.  Charles has a script to make this easier.  Contact him at charles@charlesneedlephoto.com and he’ll send it to you for free.

“Rotate and Zoom”
Again, set your camera to multiple exposures.
Use a small aperture such as F/16.
Charles uses a 70-200mm lens with a collar.  He loosens the collar and slightly rotates and zooms the lens between each shot.
Take 5-6 shots.
You can also rotate and zoom the lens in one single movement without using any multiple exposures.  This results in a smoother looking spiral.  For more advanced fun, try varying the point of rotation.

Blend in Photoshop with the same script.

Again, set your camera to multiple exposures.  Five to Nine exposures works best for this technique.
Move the camera up and sideways in tiny increments.  And as with the Rotate and Zoom technique, you can also swipe the camera in a single exposure using a slow shutter speed, such as ¼ sec or ½ sec.

“Soft Glow Montage”, sometimes referred to as the Orton Effect.
Gives the photo an ethereal glow.
Two exposures:
First one take a sharply focused photo with a tiny aperture, F/16 or maybe F/22.
Second one take an intentionally blurred photo of the same scene with the widest aperture your lens can open to (F/2.8 or F3.5).

For the free script if you don’t have a camera wtih multiple exposure capability and want to combine images in Photoshop, email Charles at [email protected].

We also briefly talked about some fun apps for your cell phone:
Slow Shutter
Average Camera Pro

Find Charles:

Here is the direct link to his book on Impressionistic Photography:

Charles offers workshops, books and is a highly sought after speaker.  


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