As I learned to use every control and capability of my camera I began to craft images as I visualized them in my head. I could slow down the shutter and paint moments of time on the back or canvas (sensor) of my camera creating brush strokes; I could blur out the backgrounds to create flowers floating in a sea of color; changing the focal length I could create depth. In this creative process the camera is just one of the many tools at your disposal. Reflectors, filters, lights, lens, etc. are additional tools. But as with any tool how well you know its capabilities and possibilities can limit or enhance your ability to create.
Take the time and get to really know the tools in your hands.
What is your camera for you?
- A slow shutter speed pan of the SE Oregon grasslands creating an impressionist painting of the landscape.
- A slow shutter speed shot of flowers using the camera as a brush in circular motions.
- A shallow depth of field to create a place a yellow flower in a sea of blue.