From the choice of subject matter to use of appropriate techniques, there are many factors that contribute to the success of impressionist photographs.
Confidence comes from practice and perseverance but equally it relies on building a sound understanding and experience of fundamentals of impressionist photography.
The ability to create impressionist effects relies on first gaining confidence with techniques and learning the basic knowledge about light, form and colour. The key to success is practice. The more you practice the more familiar you will become with techniques and other aspects of impressionist photography.
Of course, there may well be parts of an image that you are not happy with. So keep in mind what went wrong and try to figure out how to improve that in the future photoshoot. In this way, you learn something from each photograph and so gradually build up knowledge, experience and confidence.
Eventually, these basic skills will become second nature. Then there is more time to think about the qualities that will make your images personal and individual.
Simply recording the subject with a camera is easy, but taking great impressionist photographs requires a totally different approach. In fact, impressionist images are one of the most difficult to capture successfully. It isn’t easy to catch the drama, depth, colour and atmosphere of a scene, as these attributes can easily be lost in the photograph itself. It’s not always a question of what to include in the composition; more often it is what to exclude, in order to concentrate attention on the most important part of the scene before you.
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“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
— H. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Have you ever asked yourself what is an interesting impressionist photo? What makes a good impressionist image? Is there some secret formula you can apply that will guarantee beautiful impressionist images?
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Impressionist photography is such a rewarding style that it’s well worth mastering. With just a little experience in creating impressionist images, you will be able to create beautiful photographs, no matter where you are.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Continue reading You Can Be an Impressionist Photographer Too!
There are plenty of ways to create impressionist photographs. The more I create impressionist images the more I discover new ways of using my camera. I always feel free to take chances and ask myself, “What if…?”
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