How to make blur work in photography
Blur - the scourge of great photography. Or is it?
Top image © Adam Baker
Photography and photographers often agonise over what's a good blur and what isn't?
Some photographers hate it to the point of obsession. Sharpening their images to a level that makes them look over cooked.
New DSLR's are providing such great optics (along with great lenses of course) that the blur as an artistic device is often overlooked.
WHEN TO USE THE BLUR.
Well, we reckon the blur is fantastic. Especially given so many photographs look so perfect these days. The blurred photograph infers an organic, authentic approach. It brings energy and intrigue. Look at the above shot. It has so much more dimension as a result.
This photograph proves even minimalist work benefits from a well created blur.
So when does a blur work?
1. When it creates drama.
2. When it adds to the story. When having motion delivers a message instrinsic to the message. The cyclist at the top is a perfect example.
3. When it is enough to indicate it's deliberate and not a mistake.
WHEN IS IT NOT OK TO USE THE BLUR.
The last point above is the key to this answer.
And really like all things in photography it's subjective. But there are some photographs which are really simply out of focus. 'Soft' if you will. As if the photographer has made a mistake.
An artistic blur adds - out of focus subtracts.
The point of this post?
Embrace the blur. Have fun with it. Do it delioberately. See where it takes you.