Lesson 7: It’s About Time

Lesson 7: It’s About Time

How to Put Time into a Photograph

In this lesson, we explore the most elusive thing in photography: placing the experience of time in a photograph. As an example, we take on the challenge of water. The usual approach to photographing water is to either freeze it or blur it. Neither image will express the experience of time in a way that matches yours when you saw it. I have found that to create an image that convey the experience of the ebb and flow of the water, I had to create one image that contained all expressions of the water’s motions as it changed over time. I share this dynamic workflow approach combined with Photoshop techniques to build up an image that captures motion with stillness and, in the moment, hold time still, yet experience the feeling of its passing.

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