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.
As a photographer and artist you see things in nature that others don’t. Very often when I look a the world , the artist within me sees things that evoke an emotional response. This response is the the seed of inspiration, motivating me to share my passion in impressionist photography. I’m never satisfied with documenting things that everyone can see in an ordinary way. I’d much rather take my uniquely personal vision of the world and express it in my photographs.
Close-up and macro photography are two of the most challenging forms of photography, yet potentially the most exciting and rewarding, often revealing stunning patterns, textures, colours, and details unseen by the naked eye.
The choice of lens and other accessories is critical, and this free e-book will examine what you need for this type of photography.