Abstract Photography for the Purists

Forget everything about focusing, composition rules, exposure, etc.. In abstract photography this has no value. The abstract photographer uses his creative imagination to create artistic photos. Chance plays a big role also in abstract capture of things. IT is all about looking closer, really closer at the substance of material, colours and patterns. Art collectors pay big money for good abstract work in photography.

Abstract photography should not be confused with macro photography. Shooting a flower has a subject: “the flower”. To master abstract photography you need to master colours, luminance, and cropping. Abstract photos have really no unique meaning to every audience. It has no clear subject involved and it does mean different things to different people. It is a game of imagination where the audience can translate colours and patterns to different things.

Creating an abstract image can be easy and hard at the same time. It all depends on the quality of light. Using a slow shutter speed and zoom panning sometimes give you good results. Don’t be afraid to experiment and crop tightly in post-processing. Fill the frame and blur images.

The beauty of abstract photography is that you will not run out of options. Just walk down a street or visit a factory and you will have a lot of subjects to shoot. Everywhere we go we are surrounded with colour, textures and patterns and patterns make for great abstract images.

I hope this post encourages you to grab your camera and try something new toady and if you want to be inspired more, check for abstract photos.


Samsung NX300 focal length 18 mm f/3.5 for 1/125 sec for ISO-100

Samsung NX300 focal length 52 mm f/5.6 for 1/25 sec at ISO 100

Samsung NX300 focal length 27 mm f/7.1 for 1/20 sec at ISO-800