Now, on to today's post. On this blog, I've mostly discussed traditional photography, emphasizing things like aperture, shutter speed, and composition. However, there are also special tricks and tips that one can employ to create unique images (without post-processing edits).
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How to Use Shutter Speed to Create "Special Effects" with your Images
As discussed in my photography basics series, photographers adjust aperture and shutter speed to obtain accurate exposures. However, you don't have to do this. You can manipulate the shutter speed or aperture to achieve goals other than exposure.
Dreamlike exposures can be created by artificially prolonging the shutter speed and then moving the camera during the shot, producing unusual motion blur. For this shot, I used a very slow shutter speed and a high aperture to compensate. You will need to experiment with different exposure times to achieve the effect you desire without completely washing out your image. For each shot in this style that I like, I take about 10-15 "duds" - so keep trying different combinations.
|f/32; shutter 1/8|
Additionally, you should experiment not only with moving the camera body during the exposure, but also with zooming in and out with the lens.
What do you think about this technique? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments.