Intentional Camera Movement is a style of photography that does what is says on the tin. You move the camera whilst you take the picture. In most circumstances, blurred images are usually considered a photographic mistake. But done intentionally I find that ICM can be a useful aid to clearing a log-jam of imagination and picture planning.

If I find that I am a little stuck for inspiration I sometimes look at the possibility of using ICM. You need to use a slow shutter speed and a low ISO. So, close down the aperture to f/22, set ISO 100 and move your camera around as you take a photograph. You should get blurred images that are impressions of lines, shapes and intermingled colours. If you find the shutter speed is still not slow enough, fasten a neutral density filter to your lens to drop the shutter speed more.

Don’t be afraid to take lots of images and have fun.

These three images are all ones that I took using ICM.

Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5



Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5



Nikon D7100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5




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