If you are wondering if abstract photography is for you, maybe you enjoyed looking at abstract photos on a photo sharing platform like ClickASnap and would like to try making your own. If you are, read on. Here we have put together a handy guide to abstract photography for beginners.
What is abstract photography?
Abstract photography, just like abstract art, does not have an exact definition and this can scare a lot of photographers. Abstract photography is about what the viewer sees of the image, and the old adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is incredibly relevant here.
Essentially, these are images that just look pleasing to the eye. It is not immediately obvious what they really are, and it does not matter. It is not necessary to identify the subject but rather to appreciate it.
The key elements
There are 6 simple key things to consider in abstract photography:
- Viewing angle
It is not necessary to follow the standard rules that you might use for other forms of photography. However, these elements can help you add more appeal and depth to your photos. If you want photographs that speak to your audience, consider all of these elements when composing your shots.
Abstract photography is easier than you think and starting out with everyday objects makes it very accessible. Pick an everyday object and look at it as you normally would, it would give you a standard photograph.
Now try to look at it from a different perspective – it can be from the bottom up or from above. What you want to achieve is a photograph that, while capturing the object, does not immediately tell the viewer what they are looking at.
You can practice this with all types of objects around the house. Play around with angles, composition, lighting and see what you get.
Use design to your advantage
Different photographic elements, such as shape, shape, line, pattern, texture and even color, and their composition can influence what the viewer sees of an image. They allow people to view images differently and not everyone is attracted to the same thing first.
Take a look at your article and see if there is anything more unusual about it when you look closely. For example, a bunch of grapes with drops of water taken from a distance is undeniably just a bunch of grapes. Zoom in, however, and it gets a lot more. The colors will pop and the water droplets will become a more prominent part of the photo. The shapes and textures of the grape skin will suddenly become more important.
With standard photography techniques, you actively try to avoid noise and camera shake. With abstract photography, you can use movement to your advantage. While taking the photo, move your camera. This will give you an effect that will blur the colors and lines and give you something that looks more like a real work of art with paint. Try moving in different directions to see what effects you can create.
Remember to use a low shutter speed to achieve this effect.
Keep it simple
Finally, abstract art is pretty minimal so don’t forget to use the same principle for your abstract photography; at least subscribe is more school of thought. Don’t clutter up your photos with unnecessary items.
Select a key object and focus on it. If you’re not sure what items to remove, try a number of different shots where you remove different items. Remember that you are trying to create mystery with your images.
Abstract photography is, after all, about experimenting and seeing what works for you.