|Photo Tip & Assignment #10 – AbstractIf you are thinking of trying a new type of Photography, why not ABSTRACT it?As challenging as it may sound, in abstract art there is a lot of freedom from rules, techniques and standards. It’s a field where almost “anything goes”.
With that in mind, it may be simple to create an abstract image, but creating an interesting one is not always an easy task. This is where the “eye” of the photographer can shine.
In abstract photography, a variety of approaches can be used: unusual exposure settings, macro or close-up, out-of-focus, intentional motion blur (twisting and tilting your camera with slow shutter speeds), long exposures, among many others.
Be inspired by dreams, sensations, smells and sounds. Mix up the senses in your photographs. You must look for colours, patterns and details to compose an image that does not depict any real subject, or try to make real subjects become so fragmented that it is impossible to recognise them at first sight.
Abstract images require thought and personal interpretations play an important part, for what we see is what we are. Think about that as the viewer and the photographer, unlock your creativity trying to look at familiar things through a different perspective.
Post processing, or “photoshopping” is allowed and it adds an extra spectrum to abstract digital photography. This is nothing new considering many techniques were and are used in the darkroom to produce analogue abstract photography too.
Let the imagination flow and spend some time either in the capture process or in the front of the monitor later. The image (left) by Antonio Leanza, founder of LSP, was taken on a rainy day from inside a London telephone booth. Later squashed (nor cropped) to a square format and colour treated in Photoshop. “In the first versions of Photoshop, each filter or effect took almost an hour to load. Nowadays is much easier to experiment with digital images and there are infinite possibilities out there”, points Antonio.
Upload your Abstract images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #10 for a chance to win a £150 Discount Voucher towards Courses and Workshops at LSP*.
Photo Antonio Leanza
Text: Luciana Franzolin