I recently took a photography course run by photographer and fellow blogger Otto von Münchow, ‘Finding your Photographic Voice’. It was most enjoyable, very challenging, and had me thinking about ways of improving my creativity. Not to say my attention to detail! I have got quite lazy about achieving the correct exposure, thinking about basic technical stuff. Now, the course was about thinking about your vision, the artistic stuff rather than the technique…but I quickly realised I needed to pay more attention to getting things right if I wanted the creative results!
One of the things I have taken from doing the assignments is utilising shutter speed for creative effect. On Tuesday I posted an image in ‘Attempting to create a sense of Time Passed’ that I took at the weekend amongst the ruins of Tyneham… This was created using a slow shutter speed, 2.5 seconds.
Earlier, during my trip to Turkey, I experimented using slow shutter speeds to show people at work, using their hands, and will post a few shots soon.
And during Otto’s course, when I first experimented with slow shutter speeds, I was creating artistic (I hope!) effects to put my interpretation onto street art in London. One of these got me top marks in a recent competition at my photo club.
In a later post, I shall show some more of my ‘Voice’ assignment images, but here are a few to show how I used long shutter speeds:
With this image I was trying to create a sense of illusion – what is art, and what is reality….
This was the 10/10 shot!
This image was one of the ones exhibited in Turkey:
Do give me your thoughts! Would you use shutter speed for creativity?