Life as a Lomosapien: Simulating a Sense of Movement

2011-03-16 3

There are many things I love about photography, one of which has to be capturing movement within a photograph. The idea of creating movement in what is essentially a still picture is fascinating and I love to use it in my own work, especially in my long exposure shots.

With the ever increasing number of people becoming fans of Lomography there has been a huge increase of fantastic blurry imagery finding its way onto the internet. With their limited aperture settings, Lomo camera’s can produce great results when capturing movement, so why not take advantage of this and create yourself some movement with your Lomo camera!

Blurry, fuzzy and hazy detail in a photo coincides with the eye’s impression of movement. When photographing you must use certain methods to simulate this movement to create a convincing picture. Camera movement during a long exposure is a great technique, as an example, study the photo above. This technique can be achieved by moving your camera towards a stationary object while you hold the shutter button down, or by twisting a zoom lens while taking a photo. In this particular photo I parked my camper van with the lights left on, I then set my SLR camera up on a tripod, zoomed the lens right out, then twisted the lens to zoom in while taking a 1 second exposure. This creates a blurry streaky image and the van appears to be moving. To add to the idea of movement I have used an out of date Kodak Max 400 film to give a grainier hazy feel to the picture.

There are other ways of suggesting movement when shooting; you could for example try to photograph actual moving objects, like traffic or sports players. If you do use this technique, try to follow the moving subject with your camera while you take the shot, this will create a blurred background behind the moving object. You could also try overlapping images with a multiple exposure, for example, take a side profile picture of a stationary car, frame the car on one side of the photo, then take a series of exposures, each time changing the position of the car in the composition. Moving the car from one side of the photo to the other will simulate a sense of movement.

These are all just a few techniques I have used myself, so I would be interested to hear if you have any tips for capturing movement.

What techniques have you used? Have you accidentally captured movement in one of your analogue photographs without realizing? If so, please share your thoughts with a comment below!

Danny Wood is the frontman of a punk rock band called The Panicstruck, he also works as a Web Designer, is a keen Lomographer and runs his own Analogue Photography Blog.

written by dannyjwood on 2011-03-16 #danny-wood #panicstruck #lomosapien #lifestyle #analogue #column

3 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    my first experience was with my LCA, the first night out at a theater shooting a dance company, the stage was dark and the dancers was all white dressed so you can imagine using the camera in Automatic the expoosure time was long enought to capture the dancers large movement, results? big white waves in the dark.

  2. metalhead_nl
    metalhead_nl ·

    Nice tips! Try using a flash with long exposure. This will effect in freezing things in the range of your flash. See for example, the head (left of center): www.lomography.com/homes/metalhead_nl/photos/12513428

  3. dannyjwood
    dannyjwood ·

    Great tip! really like that shot metalhead!

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