I find it oﬀers a myriad of opportunities for the exploration of photographic art and certainly gets my creative juices flowing.
I wanted to share my experiences and practises with the rest of the photography world.
All in the hope of passing on some great abstract ideas and tips for you to try out too.
How I Got Started
How to Get Inspired
Inspiration for me comes in many forms. The natural world is an endless source of ideas. But so too are ‘man-made’ areas, such as modern architecture.
My nearest city, Málaga, has some brilliant art galleries. I’ve seen some superb photography exhibitions recently. The work of other photographers fascinates me and I follow several on Instagram. Check out surrealist Chema Madoz and architectural photographer Sebastian Weiss.
As I shoot in RAW format it means editing software is an area for me to master – it’s challenging, but fun!
So, enough about me, let’s get down to some abstract photography!
Creating Abstract Photography
Recently, I’ve been wanting to produce images on the theme of Reflections. I set up a basic “mini studio” in a small room of our house.
On my computer workspace, I built a small tower of CDs and placed a black ceramic tile on top to provide a shiny, reflective surface. CD’s are great because the height can be adjusted quickly and easily. For lighting, I used an iPad with a Softbox App, which provides diﬀerent coloured light backgrounds. I’ve also got an LED desk lamp to brighten things up.
I shoot with a Canon 80D and like to use LiveView to see the image on the rear screen of the camera.
You can see I’ve also got a cup of water, eyedropper, spray bottle – as well as a clothes peg! They all come in useful at times to hold things upright.
For my main subject, I’m using a Poinsettia leaf which had fallen from a houseplant. I applied a couple of drops of water once I had the leaf in position on the tile.
Technical Setup: Canon Macro EF 100mm 1:2 8L IS USM, ISO 200, F/8 and shutter speed @ 0”5 seconds.
Editing Abstract Photography
Editing my abstract creation was a simple exercise as I use Aﬃnity on an iPad. I prefer to use the Canon app to import my shots, it’s really quick.
The major part of the edit was to use the In-painting Brush Tool. It helps remove odd specks of water and dust from the surface of the tile and leaf – something which I recommend being done before shooting whenever possible!
Going Back for More!
Following this macro/abstract success, I raided my box of treasures (found objects which I keep for future projects – a highly recommended practice) and selected a feather.
Oh, and I shot at the same settings as before.
After all this, I definitely needed some fresh air. Therefore, I went outside, in search of more abstract photographs. And guess what?! I came up with 3 more ideas – all taken around my car!
iPhotography Tutors Say…
“Thank you so much to Laura for her brilliant insight on creating abstract photographs. If Laura has inspired you to try out these simplistic, yet beautiful techniques then let us know and share your photos in the iPhotography gallery.”
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