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Intentional Camera Movement

Photography Challenge Week 34 – Move your camera!

WEEK 34 of the 52-Week Photography Challenge
There’s an obsession in photography with sharpness; clear and sharply-focused subjects are often the key to a good image and that requires a stationary camera. And yet there is a freedom and creative release that comes from deliberately moving the camera during an exposure.

Intentional Camera Movement or ICM is a style of shooting that results in very different and unique images. It’s called ‘swiping’ the camera in America, and that probably better describes the technique, in that you swipe the camera whilst taking a shot and it’s the movement of the camera (whether fast or slow is up to you) quite often coupled with a slower shutter speed that creates the effects.

Whilst there are no rules in how and what you do, it is still advisable to consider what your subject is. Strong colours work well, and well-defined lines can give you an idea of what direction to swipe your camera. Trees often make a good subject for ICM photos as do landscape and seascape shots. Static lights in the dark are also a good subject.

Your challenge this week is to experiment with Intentional Camera Movement!


As ever, these challenges are to encourage new photography, so we ask you not to simply re-use your existing stock (unless necessary for the particular challenge).

And do please send in your images associated with these challenges – or your other activities as a Club Member. We will publish them on these pages.

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52 Week Photography Challenge 2022


Hedon Viewfinders is Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re there or out and about on any particular week.

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ALL WELCOME. Hedon Viewfinders Photography Club at the Haven Arms



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