Understanding Abstract Photography for Beginners

There are many different types of photography, and abstract photography in particular can be a fascinating avenue to explore. You have no doubt already seen lots of examples of abstract photography, but trying it for yourself is a different experience. Here we offer an insight into abstract photography and how to achieve the perfect abstract photo.

What exactly does abstract photography mean?

There is no clear definition of what abstract photography is, which can be daunting to a beginner or amateur photographer. In many cases, an abstract photo is open to interpretation and allows different people to see different things in the details. The well-known phrase ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ is very relevant to forms of abstract art.

Abstract photos aren’t usually very obvious in regard to the subject of the image, which means the viewer can infer their own message. Abstract photography is very much pleasing to the eye and offers something very different to other traditional forms of photography.

How do you take an abstract photo?

There are a number of elements to consider when setting up an abstract photo, but there are no hard and fast rules. These elements are there to help you set up the best possible image.

Consider the following six elements in every abstract shot:

  • Simplicity
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Harmony
  • Angle of view
  • Mystery

Take advantage of everyday objects

When it comes to taking an abstract photo, it’s not as difficult as you think in choosing what to capture on camera. Consider any simple, everyday object and try focusing on a particular detail or looking at it from a different angle. The aim is to capture the object in a way that doesn’t immediately give away what it is, which can help to create some intrigue around the image.

In this way, you can practice with all sorts of objects around the home to learn the craft and capture different angles and lighting until you’re happy.

Use motion for a unique image

With traditional photography, you usually want to avoid any sort of disruption to the finished image. However, when it comes to abstract photography, this notion reverses and you can actually use motion to your advantage. In some cases you can move the camera as you take the image to create a shaky, blurred effect.

This can blur the colours and detail of the image to create an artistic effect to your photo, perfect for achieving that abstract look.

Don’t overcomplicate it

When it comes to trying to take an abstract photo, remember to keep it simple. Try to keep your photos uncluttered, and focus on one key object. Try not to overthink your images and just practice, changing things within the image as you go until you’re happy with the end result.

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