Open Shutter – one way to create “arty” images

During the last year I’ve experienced quite a lot with using an open shutter while walking with the camera hand-held. To be honest I’ve created many many bad photos while experimenting, but a few of them I’ve really enjoyed and for every day I learn a bit more when to use this technique, and when I shouldn’t.

One of the things I’ve learned is that composition will be even more important because I won’t be able to use depth of field as I would do on a normal photo. I think it’s also important to remember the lines, and where the eye will move along the photo when you’re using blurry techniques.

For those of you that aren’t so into the technical parts of photography, the shutter functionality is to open and let the light into the camera lens, and then close again. This will then create the image. For obvious reasons; the longer the shutter is open, the more light there will be on the camera lens.

With an open shutter in this case, I mean when the shutter is open many seconds.

If you’re using your iPhone for this purpose, I can recommend the app “SlowShutter

This is an image I created last week while walking in the forest, that I think turned out pretty well. The shutter speed in this case was 3 seconds. What I really enjoy with these types of photos is that they can keep your imagination busy for a longer time than a normal photo. In short, I think they last a little bit longer.

2 thoughts on “Open Shutter – one way to create “arty” images

    1. Thank you PC Photo! Glad you like the technique. I’ve been experimenting with it a lot🙂 and I think it’s a fun way to create more artistic images. What I really enjoy is making photos “arty”, without any apps or digital filters.

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