For this month, September 2019, the theme challenge is “Intentional Camera Movement”.
Intentional Camera Movement or ICM photography is intended for the creation of “abstract” images. The techniques consist of choosing camera settings to achieve a slow shutter speed and then moving the camera, while the shutter is open, in an “intentional” direction and speed that will complement the subject.
Practicing ICM will help you look for ways to incorporate colour, lines, patterns, and light into your images and will open a whole new world of possibilities. The time of day and atmospheric conditions sometimes are not favorable to create those traditional landscape images, with ICM it provides us an alternative as long as you can obtain a slow enough shutter speed.
As far as equipment goes you can shoot with or without a tripod. It may be necessary when the light is bright to use a neutral density filter to get the shutter speed slow enough. For your camera settings start with manual mode or Shutter Priority, the ISO at 100, and the shutter speed at 1/30sec or slower. If you are not getting the effect you were hoping for continue to slow down your shutter speed. To get slow shutter speeds your aperture will need to be small (that’s a larger F-Stop number such as F8, F11 or even F16).
Take a look at the previous Blog post on Motion as it will help understand how shutter speed allows you to be creative in many different ways.
Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.
As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below is a YouTube video link to give you some hints and ideas.
Stephanie Johnson Photography, ICM instructional aid:
Landscapes Reimagined, Abstract images using Intentional Camera Movement
Speaker: Stephanie Johnson
Link: Landscapes Reimagined (46min 14sec)
An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.