If you love taking photos, you know the frustrations of spending time photographing what you expect to be fabulous images, only to find many of them are out of Focus. It happens to the best photographers.
Rather than throw your hands up in despair and hitting the delete button, save some of your out-of-focus images for new purposes.
For this week’s WordPress photo challenge, let me use this opportunity to share some ideas for using those fuzzy images.
If you have read my book Better Blogging with Photography, you know I am a staunch advocate for folks taking and using their OWN images, whether it’s using a fancy camera, a point-and-shoot digital or a mobile phone. The beauty of digital images is they can be deleted if needed or edited for perhaps a second life!
I came across this beautiful scene, with the sun back-lighting the spring trees, and shot several images. In my example here, you can see that the first shot was out of focus.
Funny how the eye sees one thing and the lens sees something else. This shot is unorganized and chaotic, with competing spaces of both focused and out-of-focused subjects. But it demonstrates the example of motivation to continue taking more pics!
I got closer and changed views, continuing to take the images from different points of view, resulting in this image below.
Not a bad image as a stand-alone piece. When I first saw this in my Dropbox, my instinct was to make it the background for a quotation. Voila! By the way, the background is called “bokeh” which is defined as the “aesthetic quality of blur in out-of-focus areas of the image.”
In this view you can see that I used the unfocused portion and added the quotation. The quote by Mark Twain seems to lend itself well to the image.
By whatever means you save your not-so-sharp images, whether in Dropbox, Google drive, One Note folder, or on an external hard drive, put them in a folder marked “Unfocused Images.”
And you are still allowed to throw some away.
All this being said, if you are in a hurry and need some FREE photos for your blog or website, check out my page FREE Photos for Your Blog. I’ve curated hundreds of my own photos I am not using for use by anyone!
Can you think of any other ways you can use unfocused images? I would love to read your ideas in the comments!
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