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How to Shoot In-Camera Abstract Photos

You can get interesting in-camera abstract photos with subjects that have patterns, such as a row of trees, tree barks, palm fronds, and so on. This technique involves controlled motion of the camera while shooting at a slow shutter speed.

When you’re photographing a beautiful place, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and not notice everything, especially when you’re photographing a place for the first and perhaps only time. Photographers need to be aware of everything around them, including the smallest details.

1

Choose your lowest ISO setting.

Use the lowest ISO setting possible to ensure a noise-free image.

2

Shoot in Aperture Priority mode and choose your smallest aperture.

You may have to use a neutral density filter if you're shooting in bright conditions. For this technique to work, you need a shutter speed of 1 or 2 seconds.

3

Find a subject with an interesting pattern, such as closely spaced tree trunks.

Look up — forests and swamps abound with wonderful details and patterns in the canopy. You also find intricate patterns of light and shadow on the trees. Look down — find interesting objects like leaves blown on the ground, intricate patterns of tree roots, or small insects and animals.

4

Push the shutter button halfway.

Press the button only halfway to achieve focus.

5

Press the shutter button and slowly move the camera.

If you're photographing a vertical pattern, move the camera up. If you're photographing a horizontal pattern, move the camera left or right.

The resulting image has a soft painterly look to it. (Claude Monet, eat your heart out!)

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