camera techniques to try
Zoom in The phrase ‘ can’t see the wood for the trees’ springs to mind here. a great trick for helping you to see abstracts in the world around you is to use a telezoom lens to zoom right in on your subject or scene and scan around. as your eye is forced into seeing just a magnified part of the scene, it’s easier to find potential abstract compositions than when faced with the wider picture.
Go macro close- up photography reveals detail that might not have been apparent when viewed at scale. in taking a macro view, focusing on one detail and omitting the rest of the subject, you can create eye- catching abstracts. it’s tempting to leave these in colour, especially with vibrant subjects. but take a risk and try monochrome – it’s perfect for highlighting texture and pattern.
Look up and down we’re used to seeing the world straight- on, from head- height. mix things up and try pointing your lens upward or downward to scan for abstract angles. looking up works well in cities with steel and glass giants converging above you, whereas looking down reveals textures and patterns in the natural world, such as ripples in the sand or cracks in stone.
play with exposure seek out high- and low- key scenes. don’t fret about manual mode – use aperture- priority with exposure compensation to dial in positive ( brighter) or negative ( darker) exposure. high- key scenes contain lots of light tones, whereas low- key scenes display plenty of dark tones – translated into black & white, you can create highly graphic images.