Composition and Impressionist Photography

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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A Few Simple Principles Every Impressionist Photographer Needs to Know

“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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How to make your impressionist landscape images more interesting

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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Create Your Images in a Way that Makes You Happy

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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The Journey of Finding your Artistic Voice

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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You Can Be an Impressionist Photographer Too!

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.

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Go Beyond Special Techniques for More Interesting Impressionist Images

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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