Step Out of the Box to Satisfy Your Own Needs

Hello everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed my guest author on the last post.  I’m always trying to learn something new in photography especially when it comes to Macro and Close-up work.  I’m reading two books now on Macro photography and I’ll let you know on my next post how they were.  Today, I would like to talk about stepping out of the box when you photograph or do anything creative…I don’t mean this literally…but if you want to go for it 🙂  There are many photographers that believe that a specific piece of equipment must be used for the purpose it was made for.  Being the artist that I am, I never take anything so seriously.  I enjoy playing with toys (equipment).  Today, I’ll show you a couple of examples of what I and many other photographers call, “painting with the lens”.   When I was in college we were taught to paint with light by opening the shutter in complete darkness and lighting your subject from one end to the other or taking a flashlight and writing your name.  Toooo much fun…try it!

The examples below are basically the same thing but what I did was slow my shutter speed to 4 – 7 seconds and left my aperture on F11, with an ISO of 100.  I moved my lens up, down, around or whatever way I felt like to satisfy my artistic needs.   I also made a beanbag with rice to put my camera on top of it to help stabilize my shot and do check your histogram to make sure your exposure is correct.

These photographs are beautiful on canvas panels.  Examples below:

Example on panel:

Vertical example:

Vertical Canvas example:

One more example for fun:

Example on Canvas:

These pieces of work are just a few that helped my need to keep the creative juices flowing.  So step out of your own box and do something different to satisfy your creativity…. but most of all have some fun!!




15 Comments on “Step Out of the Box to Satisfy Your Own Needs”

  1. Hello, I think your blog is epic. Congrats.
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  2. Experimentation is the mother of artistic genious! I really like these pieces. Great job.

  3. Janice, these are absolutely exquisite. I’ve been doing something along the same lines that I’ll post in a few weeks. I use a zoom with a very long exposure.

    I always enjoy your posts and your photography is FANTASTIC. Thank you 🙂

    • Thank you Patricia the wonderful comment.

      We would love to see your work. If you post them in a couple of weeks could you send us the link on the is comment…it’s always inspiring to see other creative photography.

  4. They turned out beautifully! I agree with you, it’s fun to experiment with new techniques and to break the rules. Great post!

  5. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope you have fun trying this technique 🙂

  6. I love these so much. Thanks for giving details on how you achieved these oh-so-cool effects.

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