Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating blur in Photoshop, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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So you've tried the pan or zoom techniques and you just can't get them to work…for you--at least not yet. Or you might have an existing shot that you think…would look really good with motion added.…Well, there is another option.…You can recreate blur in Photoshop using the blur filters.…I'll go over a couple techniques that I find practical in my work.…But as you know, if you've ever used the software, there are a million other…ways to do this too.…So let's head over to the computer and check it out.…The very first thing I do is to create a new layer in Photoshop.…
I'm going to name this blur.…It's important to name your layers so you can remember what you did with them.…Now let's go up to the Filter and go down to the Blur and down to the Radial Blur.…Now you'll notice it's on the Spin Blur Method.…I want this to be Zoom, so I'll click that.…And I want to change the Amount of zoom that I get in this effect,…so I will move the slider until I find one area that I think will look kind of cool.…
The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.
The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.