Kinetic Photography

camera toss

Kinetic photography is an experimental technique such as holding and shaking the wrist strap of the camera, dropping the camera, throwing or spinning the camera up in the air, or rigorously moving the camera while taking a picture. As the photographer has surrendered control over the camera to physical forces, this technique tends to produce abstract, random or blurred-motion photographs.

Perhaps the most risky field of kinetic photography is that of camera tossing, in which the photographer literally throws their equipment into the air in hopes of producing an artistic looking image. Many camera tosses take place at night, when the camera is able to capture light with a long exposure, resulting in streaks of hypnotizing light patterns. The pioneer of camera tossing, Ryan Gallagher, hosts a blog on the subject.

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