Blog - Emily Kent Photography

This is just a little space where  I share things I've learned or am learning, thought or am thinking,

questioned or am questioning...you get the idea. Here will reside tips, tricks, techniques or anything else

that might hopefully inspire you in your own photographic ventures. 

September 12, 2019

Motion Blur Technique

I've recently been reading up on a camera technique that can produce painterly-like images right out of the lens (thanks Sarah for the descriptor 😊). I was able to get out yesterday to give it a go for the first time, and today find myself stuck indoors with whatever back-to-school virus is going around. So I wanted I'd share a few fruits of yesterday's outing and a few details  along with the images. Funny how learning is addicting as it always leads to wanting to learn more new things. Great little rabbit hole there.

Here is the short gist of what I tried out for these particular images...

To achieve a painterly, slightly blurred motion effect with your image, set your camera to Shutter Priority. Choose a scene or object that can lend itself well to either a vertical movement or at the very least can provide some contrast, either within the colors presented, variety in textures, or shadow and light. Set your shutter speed anywhere from half a second to 2 seconds, and double-check to be sure that your ISO and aperture settings are low enough given the increased amount of light that will be let in with your shutter open for this length of time.Provided you're using a DSLR set on Shutter Priority mode, your camera should automatically determine the appropriate ISO and aperture to accompany any  shutter speed you choose.  I recommend an auto-focus setting here so that the camera can account for detail as you move. Then, hone  in on your scene, press your shutter-release button and experiment! Move your camera as slowly or as quickly as you like and take a peek at the results. The resulting effect can be pretty cool. Tell me how things go if you get out to give it a try!

September 15, 2019

Leading Lines

I have a thing for a full-moon rising. Probably like a lot of people. Our family has recently moved into the mountains of Colorado, so I am still getting to know the new landscape, surroundings, weather, animals and foliage, and the rhythm of it all. This past Friday the 13th brought with it the first full moon on such a day since October of 2000. So naturally, despite not having quite the right equipment or familiarity of the land, I headed out to witness the moon rise. 

I climbed a bit to be able to get above the highway and above surrounding houses. What I accidentally found was a perfectly rustic rural fence line that seemed to go on forever. As I waited for the moon to peek above the horizon, I realized how great the fence was as a visual guide to draw my eye from the foreground to the mid-ground near an Aspen Grove, then  up to the full- moon, and finally to the mountain ridge nestled in the left background. 

Leading lines in an image are powerful. They help to balance the composition by connecting the foreground with the background, allowing the viewer to make sense of the depth in a particular image and guiding the eye toward the main subject or simply toward the space furthest away in the background. 

Kind of sparks the imagination, doesn't it?

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