Given the presence of social media and the fascination with replays and live recordings, there is an element of photography that has become all the more relevant—movement. This highlights one of the most extraordinary attributes of a camera, which is its ability to freeze a moment in a split second, capturing details, feelings and perceptions instantaneously. On any news feed or scroll, you’ll see “action shots,” with hair flying, arms flailing and waves crashing. As one of its many curriculum elements, Rising Star Photography Society helps nurture children’s passion for photography with specialized lessons and unique instruction designed to expand creativity.
In regards to movement, the above-mentioned images are considered “suspended forms.” The interesting part about suspended movement is that these moments are not perceivable by the human eye. Why? They simply happen too quickly in real time. Thus, capturing the moment is exciting! In addition, a picture of suspended movement helps the viewer gain a sense of what will happen next, as the moment unfolds.
A second form of movement is called motion blur. Consider the image of a child on a moving carousel with the background appearing stretched or blurred. Did you know? This type of picture is not always deliberate. In other words, a photographer may intend on capturing the movement of his subject, but he may end up capturing the movement behind the subject instead. Even so, a motion blur image is often striking and incredibly interesting.
Perhaps the more artistic form of movement generated in photography, visual flow is a picture that invites the viewer on a journey of sorts through lines on the image. A real life example is a picture of a pathway through a forest in which the eye is drawn towards the curve in the path, almost as if the eye is “walking” the path. A visual flow image will “carry” someone from point A to point B. For example, first the eye is drawn to the path, then to the tree in the distance, then to the shed in the far background.
While understanding the use of movement in photography requires insight and some level of sophistication, instructors at Rising Star Photography Society create opportunities and lessons aimed at helping students broaden their abilities in all aspects of photography. In doing so, we encourage children ages 9-13 to be more thoughtful and introspective across all subjects.
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