It is time to put away the tripod for a while as we dip our toes into some impressionist photography techniques. Whether you fancy branching out with your portfolio or simply feel stuck in a rut with your imagery, giving these ideas a try could be just what you are looking for. Although it might seem as though some serious rule breaking is in order to create images like these, with the exception of laying aside your three legged friend it’s business as usual with the composition, light and exposure elements, albeit with a little more flexibility than usual.
One of the most important elements when starting out is to open your mind to the endless possibilities: anything from a pile of gravel to an incredible vista is on offer as subject matter. Good light will sometimes help but isn’t essential; waiting around in dull, flat light can be the ideal time to give this a go. Look out instead for interesting textures, forms, colours, contrasts and shapes.
Ending up with a great image still demands a good composition but, because there is a random element (i.e. movement) to your capture, it may take more than ...
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