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Intentional Blur

by Katie Tavares (follow)
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In this series I will explore the current trends in photography, including composition, editing and concepts. Within this first part, I will feature the trend of intentional blur.

Blurring your photographs in camera or in Photoshop is currently a highly utilised element in photography composition and editing. Intentional blur can be used through the entire image or in parts of an image like a vignette of blur around the edges of the frame.

Blurring part of an image or the image in its entirety can help to ignite a feeling of action, it can capture speed and motion and can also represent the natural movement of dance and nature, like the natural movement of wild grass or leaves in a flowing breeze. Using intentional blur can also help to portray wild weather as well as representing feelings through metaphor. This is where I would be creating image blur in camera, leaving the shutter open for longer so as to give it time to capture the subjects' natural movement without the need of a sharp image.

blur to convey night life action
Copyright Katie Tavares 2013 - blur to convey night life action

However if I were to blur an image during post-production in Photoshop or even in Instagram, I would be more likely to be editing still-life portraits, or subjects that are stationary and will benefit from added partial blur, where only the edges, foreground or background are out of focus. In this case, partial blur can give what has been left sharp an additional focus. This directs the audience to where the photographer wants the centre of interest to be. It has the potential to give a flat image movement, vibrancy and life.

Copyright Katie Tavares 2013
Copyright Katie Tavares 2013 - blur to create added focus

Watch this space for Part 2 where I will explore the trend of colour tinting shadows.

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