Tossing The Camera

Tossing the camera can net some interesting results. This method of capturing an abstract world on your digital camera is not for the faint of heart. I first learned this technique over ten years ago when I used a compact Canon SureShot for taking pictures.

Yellow swirling lights of yellow on a black background.
Yellow Bands of Light was taken at night facing an outside light fixture.

The key word is “compact” as it stands to reason you’d never want to do this with a SLR with detachable lenses. The older compact cameras have some heft to them. In order to try and control some of the blur you’ll need a camera that can spin in the air and be easy to catch.

Beautiful bands of light swirling around to create a tunnel.
Blissful Ignorance was taken while the camera spiraled down towards a child’s toy.

The process is fairly easy. Because you are creating motion blur you will need to set your camera’s shutter speed to be slower than you’d expect. If possible start with 1/500 S (that’s one five hundredth of a second). If there is not enough blue, you can vary the shutter speed for different effects. If you find your photos are too dark, make sure your f stops (or aperture) is set to let in more light. Rule of thumb, the lower the aperture number the more light can enter the camera.

Blue Jean legs seem to be running across a white background.
Leap Of Faith was taken when a child laying on a bed was moving her legs back and forth while I spun the camera.
  • So now it’s time to toss your camera.
    First set your shutter speed and aperture
    Press the shutter release
    Toss the camera in any safe method you choose
    Catch it before it hits the ground
A photograph of bold blurring colors of teal, pink and lime green.
Bright Ideas is a Littlest Pet Shop Playground.

Because this is an experimental process to taking abstract photos, the results are endless. Have fun!

To view these photographs on my Artist Website, click on the images above.

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