It's Week #39:

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AnchorWeek 39: Abstract

Photo by: Avraham Nacher –  Week 31: Chaos (2016)

The best thing about abstract photography is that it gives you permission to see (and show) a different interpretation of the ‘real’ world. With abstracts, we take a break from trying to copy the world in front of us. Instead of trying to recapture what you see in the real world, into a perfect razor-sharp composition, you can shoot simply using your imagination and creativity.

In abstract photography, you strip away the usual expected context of a subject and capture only the essence of the subject. Look carefully at your subject and slowly remove all the ‘non-essentials’. Focus more on shapes, forms, lines, color, pattern, and texture. This process is an excellent exercise for all types of photographers. It teaches you to pay attention to the smallest details, to be aware of colors, to look for textures and to SEE how light is an essential component of a photo.

There are no ‘rules’ to creating great abstract photos so allow yourself to just have a lot of fun. Every week here at 52Frames we set out on some type of creative journey. Use the challenge this week to set your imagination and creativity on a wild and fast gallop into the uncharted world of abstractness! Woohoo!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Use your subject carefully. If the photo wouldn’t be interesting as a “non-abstract”, then there is a good chance that it will be even less interesting when you start removing non-essential elements.
  • An introduction to abstract photography – playing with isolation or elimination.
  • Eva Polak – the queen of impressionist photography has a lot of tips and techniques at her website.
  • 10 tips for creating amazing abstract photos with your cellphone.
  • Abstract landscapes, abstract nature photos, and abstract macro photography.
  • And even more tutorials here, here and here.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Abstract albums of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. And of course, the Googles! Oh, you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Smoke art!

For some extra credit joojoo, try your hand at smoke art! The fun (and challenge) of smoke art photography is that you have to capture the smoke as it moves throughout various shapes, sizes and wispy strands.

  • You can read an introduction to this fascinating art form here.
  • Have a look at these two tutorials.

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per
week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge or the
“regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!

Photo credit: Rudi B. – Week 16: Abstract (2014)

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