Colurful Camera Shake

 
The pastel colours combine with the vertical movement of the camera to make this a visually appealing image. Exposure: 1/5sec at f/32 (ISO 50). Photograph/Rick Gustafson

The pastel colours combine with the vertical movement of the camera to make this a visually appealing image. Exposure: 1/5sec at f/32 (ISO 50). Photograph/Rick Gustafson

Play with abstracts and create painting-like imagery. Chandni Gajria show you how this simple technique is fun and can be addictive.

This article was originally published in July 2014.

More than often, we keep talking about reducing or avoiding camera shake. But this time instead, we will be talking about how you can employ the technique of camera shake creatively in your photographs.

The Technique
Camera shake can either be a slight or a vigorous movement of the camera done deliberately in one or any random direction. The ideal shutterspeeds to use for this technique range from 1sec to 1/8sec. A picture made within this range will show a considerable amount of blur. If you wish to photograph a picture with less blur, you can use shutterspeeds of 1/10sec and 1/15sec. From 1/30sec onwards, things get sharp but you will still be able to get a little amount of blur. The best results are often when you let the camera record the image for a second or two and then move the camera.

What Works Well with Camera Shake
The camera shake technique works particularly well with natural elements. Landscapes and trees are a few subjects that offer spectacular photos when photographed with camera shake. You can also try shooting people using camera shake. If employed well, this technique will lend a dream-like feeling to people photos. While you look out for subjects, pay attention to their colour. For instance, green trees with red flowers or a sunset reflected in the water will make for great blur pictures.

Experimentation is Key
What if we let the camera decide what the picture needs to be? You could throw the camera in the air and let it take the picture on its own. Basically, have fun while you shoot and let the camera do its job.

Quick Tip
Amongst all the modes of the camera, the Shutter Priority mode is very helpful while shooting blurs. However, this is not the case always.

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