Contrary to popular belief, it’s not difficult to capture abstract images. It’s just a matter of gaining a better understanding of what abstract photography really is, what makes a good abstract photo, and letting your creative juices flow. Here are a few easy tips that can help you take your abstract photos to the next level.
1. Start with everyday objects
Abstract photography involves a lot of looking at things in a different way, so it can help if you start with things that you already have at home to practice. Once you get used to seeing mundane, everyday things beyond their usual framework, you’ll be able to think and see things abstractly wherever you are.
Believe it or not, literally anything can be a subject in your abstract photos. Choose a random object or set of things, such as kitchenware or a single light bulb, and try to figure out how you can photograph it in a different yet appealing way.
2. Use elements of design to your advantage
The composition of different photographic elements—line, shape, form, texture, pattern, and color—can influence your viewers to appreciate and look at your photos in many different ways. Lines and curves, for example, add interest by leading your viewer’s eyes across an image, perhaps towards the focal point in the shot. Patterns and textures are always interesting to look at and you can blow your viewers’ minds if you include a zoomed out shot of what it really is and where it came from. Similarly, you can use colors to highlight the point of interest or just to add visual impact to your image. Seek out these elements around you and use them to create compelling abstract images.
3. Go macro
One of the most common methods of capturing abstract photos is to move in closer, either by zooming in or going macro. While it’s perfectly fine to use zoom lenses, they only make distant objects look closer up to a certain extent. To achieve a much closer focus that can magnify tiny objects or details and capture a life-sized (or even bigger) image, you’ll need to use your camera’s Macro mode or get a good macro lens.
4. Shoot through objects
Using a makeshift lens “filter” can help you achieve truly unique and abstract images. Colored filters and gels, for example, can save you from having to edit your photos just to give it an interesting color tinge. Shooting through translucent glass, water, or even a car window on a rainy day can result in distortions and light diffractions that will create unusual but visually interesting images. Don’t hesitate to experiment with other kinds of things you can shoot through to find out how they can affect your image.
5. Capture motion
Many photographers frown upon subject blurring—but not abstract photographers. By simply moving your camera at the moment of taking the shot, you end up with a mix of different colors, lines, and patterns similar to painting brushwork, depending on the direction of movement. Start with one direction, then left to right. Experiment with circular movements and wiggles. Understand how it affects your images and see what kind of patterns you end up with.
Remember to use a slower shutter speed of 1/10th of a second or slower to successfully capture motion blur. If your shot ends up overexposed, you can go on Shutter Priority mode or use a lower ISO level and/or a tighter aperture.
6. Practice the art of subtraction
To keep your images simple, you need to get used to literally removing or keeping a few elements out of the frame. You may need to experiment and think about which ones you will remove, but it’s equally important that you remember why you’re doing it. Sometimes, simply taking out a second object from the equation can make your viewers focus on and contemplate the remaining object, thus adding more mystery to your photo.
7. Customize your lighting
Changing the direction and adjusting the power of your light source can provide different effects that yield unique images. Focused lighting on your subject, for example, can emphasize and make it the focal point of your photo. Placing a strong light source on one side can create shadows that will accentuate textures. Even and diffused lighting lessens the drama but can make your viewers linger and really look at different parts of the image, as opposed to just one specific area. You can try backlighting and silhouetting, which partly involves placing the light source behind the subject.
These are just some of the many ways that you can manipulate your lighting to create shadows or highlights that add depth, mystery, and interest to your images.
8. Experiment with different shooting styles
A prerequisite for this step is to first understand how your camera works. Once you’ve gotten a good idea about how different camera settings can affect your output, you can manipulate your results to your own liking. Be willing to shoot out of focus, play with your depth of field, shoot from very weird angles, rotate your photos, or even change the white balance of your images. Try out methods used in product, outdoor, and even sports photography to create abstract results. This is the part where “anything goes,” and you’re encouraged to exercise your artistic freedom.
9. Post-process your images
Aside from exercising your freedom to manipulate your results and create your very own abstract imagery, feel free to go crazy with the post-processing. When it comes to editing abstract photos, there’s no such thing as “too much.” Abstract photographers are encouraged to digitally improve their work later on, whether it’s through recoloring, cropping, reshaping, distorting, or flipping images.
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