Our camera club was back in action this week, with a talk by Glenys Garnett about some of her creative photography techniques. She told us all about using intentional camera movement and multiple exposures – techniques she uses to create beautiful photos.
Inspired by this, I visited Audley End this afternoon with the express intention of trying some of these techniques. I felt like a child with their hands in the sweetie jar, not knowing which one to try first!
I tried most of the things she suggested, but stupidly forgot to write down which technique I’d used for which shot! All of these are multiple exposures of some shape or form – all done in camera. For some I’ve simply combined two or more differently composed frames, such as the wooden door and the first of my architecture photos.
For some I combined a sharply focused image with one where I’d intentional defocused the lens. This creates a wonderfully dreamy look, with a hint of gauziness. Elsewhere, instead of a defocused frame I chose one which used some intentional camera movement – this worked particularly well on the flowers.
My final technique was to combine two sharp images, focusing in different parts of the frame. This worked especially well with the trees, where a little movement in the foliage added to the effect.
The results are very unpredictable, and they won’t be to everyone’s taste. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the results of this first experiment and I’ll definitely be putting my hands in the sweetie jar again!
16 August 2020