Creative Collective 049: Using a Slow Shutter Speed Handheld for Effect

Painterly Gate – Prefumo Canyon, CA – Fujifilm X100VSuperia Premium 400 – 1/5 shutter

I love to be creative, and to challenge myself to occasionally use curious techniques. While on the Central Coast of California tour earlier this month, one method I infrequently employed was a slow shutter speed handheld to purposefully achieve blurred images. When doing this, it’s possible to get an impressionist or abstract image that might be more interesting—or, at least, more unique—than if a quicker shutter or tripod had been used. I wouldn’t want to do this with every photograph, but when used sporadically (or maybe for a particular project), the results can be intriguing.

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