Impressionist Photo Techniques

A few ways to make your photos look soft, dreamy, and painterly…

  • Intentional camera movement –This works great with landscapes with strong lines.  Start on shutter priority with a long shutter speed and pan in the same direction as the strong lines.
  • Zooming – Instead of panning, zoom your lens in or out during the exposure.
  • Selective Focus – By using a very wide aperture, only a small portion of the frame will be in focus, the rest will be soft.
  • Long Exposure – Set to shutter priority with a long shutter speed and find a subject that is in motion.
  • Focus Through – This works great with flowers.  Using a telephoto lens with a semi-transparent object and place it in front of your subject that is in focus.
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