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Imagination is one of the most important components in the process of making impressionist photographs. It not only provides ideas and inspiration, but also gives you the unshakable confidence that you need in your image-making process.
When I think of expressive photographs, I think of all those artists who decided to use their imagination, techniques and composition to create their images. They are artists who “invented” images in a style that is highly personal and subjective. They are not afraid to breaks all the rules, and no one opinion stopped them in their artistic pursuits.
Have you ever experienced the simple pleasure of looking at a beautiful image and feeling your heart respond and your soul wake up? I have felt this way ever since I discovered impressionist photography.
When I began my love affair with impressionist photography I concentrated on different techniques. I believed if I mastered a technique I would produce a good image. I practised the various ways that I had read about in many different books, trying to produce interesting effects. I purchased different lenses and used many different accessories. Mastering the tricks and skills was simple and fun, but no matter how well I used them, I didn’t produce truly satisfying, personal statements. It took many photo-shoots for me to realise these tricks were simply techniques, and in order to become a better and more creative artist, what I needed to explore and understand was something more than just knowing how to use my camera.
Most of us create images because we instinctively want to express our thoughts and feelings about the world we live in. In many ways photography is like a simple conversation we have with others.
Creative macro photography opens our eyes to the unseen. The smallest scale is outside the reach of everyday experience; it appears new and intriguing.
Abstract photography can be challenging, and probably the biggest challenge is to do it well. Most often, an abstract image will not have a recognisable object to inform the viewer what the image’s subject matter is. But the viewer can respond to the photograph’s colours and shapes and can sense what you were trying to convey. The viewer can feel the mood of the image. You don’t need to know what the subject of an image was if you know how it makes you feel. Abstract art is all about engaging the emotions of the viewer.
The wonderful thing about impressionist photography is the freedom that it gives you. There is no right or wrong way to create these images, just guidelines. Also, there is no need for expensive lenses or special equipment; you only need a camera with manual control settings.
To find interesting images, we often need to look for them – carefully, creatively and thoughtfully. From the choice of subject matter to the use of appropriate techniques, there are many factors that contribute to the success of impressionist photography. You not only need to master techniques, but also the use of light, colour, lines and shapes. The last essential ingredient that you need, to elevate your images from good to great, is expression. Actually, the fundamental building blocks of images go hand in hand with expression, because they allow the viewer to read and feel the photograph’s mood.