Using Movement in Imaging Creates Spontaneity and Dynamism

If you hang out with your subject long enough, eventually they forget about you and reveal their kinetic energy. My first set of shots is typically a wash – human subjects simply need more time to warm up to the camera. It's all a part of the process. Incorporating a sense of movement in your imagery, as you see here with this portrait of a young Highlander in the Andean Mountain Range in the Sacred Valley area of Cuzco, Peru, lends your photographs a magnetic energy. This sense of action and spontaneity locates a subject in time and space. Here, her hair is flying; she's playfully tossing a small pillow toward the camera; and the low, directional light creates a sense that this dynamic image couldn't have been captured at any other time or place.


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  1. Great photo, love how the colors and tone really fit the surroundings.
    Sometimes I will shoot at a lower shutter speed to try to get that sense of movement. Don’t know it that’s good or bad but is seems to work.

  2. Astrid

    Love this pic. I’m dying to go to Cuzco, hopefully this year before all ends haha. I guess one have to always take time to live the moment and that’s when magic happens.