“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz
Shooting blurry is quite easy, just refer to “le manuel de la photo raté” (the user guide of the failed photograph) by Thomas Lélu. OK, now just take your focus mode, set it to manual, take your lens focus ring and get it to the minimum distance. You are all set to let your emotions translate into composition. I use this technique quite often when going to live music and photographing the energy of he crowd.
Look for expressions
Other’s people expressions change your feelings and your mood. Keep it in mind when you are shooting and use their expressions into your composition or don’t let them take you away from your purpose.
Mind your composition
Composition is key, don’t forget your basics, the rule of third, Eye in the dead centre, leave space, work in layers, etc. If you are shooting blurry pictures these are even more important as this is what will stay to your audience to identify with your photograph. Mind your composition… but allow yourself to experiment away from the rules!
Shoot in full Auto
All pros shoot in full manual mode. That’s bologna. All pros experiment with manual mode. It’s good to know how your gear performs and to learn as a beginner the role of the ISO, Speed and aperture. Other than that… chances are you will miss a lot of a good shots if you spend your time fiddling with your camera to find the right settings. Just set it to auto mode or aperture mode and set it to wide open for these blurry shots.
Focus on yourself
When you experiment feelings, example the warmth of a camp fire in the wild. You can either photograph the fire, that’s pretty boring, everyone knows how to do it, or… you can just photograph the silhouette of your hand to translate your feeling of warmth into a photo.