Saturday, December 05, 2009

Create Abstract Light Art by Snapping a Camera-Toss Photo [Photography]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/full/~3/QozZIOhtNr4/

Making abstract wallpaper and gorgeous slow-exposure shots doesn't require a bunch of design apps or photography lessons. Learn how to literally toss your camera to make abstract light art.

Wired's How-To wiki recently added a guide to taking a camera-toss photo. As you can guess, the technique involves throwing your camera in the air. When you combine a long exposure with interesting lighting—like holiday lights, candle light, or dimmer night-time lighting—and the rotation of the camera in the air, you get some pretty nifty camera effects.

We've gathered up some interesting camera-toss shots here for you. You can find more by searching Flickr for camera-toss shots.

Not about to toss your D200 in the air for some fancy picture? We don't blame you. You can still use the technique without heaving your camera in the air—but you won't get quite lines and arcs quite as smooth. That's a small trade-off for not dropping your DSLR in a snow drift.

Read more about camera-toss techniques in the Wired wiki at the link below. If you've snapped a few of your own don't hesitate to share them in the comments below or upload them to the Lifehacker Tips Tester Pool.

Not too fond of the gallery layout? See all the images on one page here.


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Photo by Stuart H Marshall.



Photo by Robert Couse-Baker.




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