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.
“What other ways can I use unfocused images?” you ask…well, let me count the ways.
- Use them in your blog’s header with your blog’s title as the overlay. If you notice the header on my blog is a fuzzy image of the hummingbirds.
- Use an out-of focus image for your blog/website’s background image. Here, sharpness is over-rated.
- Perhaps you want to use images of people, like friends or family members, but don’t want their identities known. A blurry image still makes a great image, again, to tell your story.
- If you’re crafty, print them out and these soft images make great backgrounds for all kinds of DIY projects like cards, scrap-booking paper, stationery, etc.
- Do you use PowerPoint slides for your work or business? Instead of using the limited choices of online themes, make your own slide backgrounds. For that matter, using out of focus images on your sides will still provide effective visuals.
- Even PowerPoint slides and Prezi presentations have copyright limitations…creative commons rules apply here, too. If your slides appear online or are published in any format, it is always best to use your own images.
- These same unfocused images can be used as backgrounds for blog post images (see my featured image with the light bulb). They look great on any digital social networking sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.They also are effective when sharing in link parties.
- And if you are an author looking for book cover ideas, an unfocused background image may be just the ticket to create the mood you are looking for!
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.
Can you think of any other ways you can use unfocused images? I would love to read your ideas in the comments!