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2019 Schedule - October Topics 11 Jan 2019 10:54 #5434

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Abstract (Mono)
An image of colours and shapes that are not recognizable as a known object, although they may suggest an object or scene.
You may have heard it said “If it is recognizable as an object – it is not an abstract,” but let’s challenge that notion.
There are no clear rules to abstract photography. The object of the photo may or may not be recognizable. Abstract images may contain a small portion of an object or multiple objects. An abstract will often concentrate on a limited area of a subject that reveals a shape, pattern, form, colour or texture. Movement can also create abstract images, such as rushing water or the wind blowing a flower. To capture an image in nature as an abstract, you don’t need any special equipment – just a camera, and the most importantly, your own imagination. What matters most is that your photograph reveals an eye-pleasing image, whether you can identify the actual subject or not.
You are not going to find any magical camera settings to create abstracts, because you need to think “outside the box“. Discovering the right setting is often the key to a great abstract. Don’t be afraid to put your camera in manual mode, and experiment with different apertures and shutter speeds. Remember that your aperture will control your depth of field, and your shutter speed affects the sharpness or blurriness of the image. Likewise, normal rules of image composition do not always apply to abstract photography. The key is to become super-observant, looking for even the smallest of objects with which to create an abstract image.
Where we look to other forms of photography to tell a story or record an event, abstract photography is about capturing an emotion. There are five key elements you want to consider in creating abstract images: lines, shapes, textures, patterns, colours, Blurs, Double Exposure etc., your imagination, post processing (development) and camera manipulation skills determine your final image.
However, composition still plays a part in an abstract image, it still needs to contain some form of balance to create an emotion or please the viewer.
Consider: Move the Camera, Move the Subject, Remove Reference, Shoot through things, Multiple Exposures and Post Processing.
An image where the main subject is food.
Consider the following:

1. Shoot in Natural Light
2. Take Control of The Shadows
3. Use A Neutral Background
4. Think About Colour
5. Shoot from The Best Angle
6. Arrange Your Food Neatly
7. Give Your Subject Some Breathing Space
8. Decorate the Scene
9. Create A Story
10. Add A Human Element
11. Keep It Simple
12. Expose for The Highlights
13. Enhance the Colours with Editing
14. Choose the right surface
15. Light from one side
16. Watch for harsh shadows
17. Use soft defused light
19. Avoid lighting from the front
20. Watch out for selective focus and the depth of field
21. Be Creative
• Plating: How you arrange your food.
• Lighting How you use light to bring out your food's good side.
• Composition: How you frame your shot.
• Editing: Touch-ups to your photos that you can make in post.
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