Photography with ICM
Unless you are a ‘dyed in the wool’ traditionalist, photography with ICM (intentional camera movement) can really add another dimension to your photography world.
Everything in photography is exciting for me as I am relatively new to the game. But it can be daunting to the newcomer when viewing the work of highly accomplished photographers who have perfected their craft over decades. Whilst you may well be inspired you instinctively know you have a long journey ahead of you to get anywhere near approaching their status.
And so it was a jaw dropping moment when I accidentally came across a series of four videos by ‘On Landscape’ featuring Doug Chinnery demonstrating the technique of ICM.
The very next day I grabbed my camera and set off to put into practice as much as I could remember of what Doug had said. That more or less amounted to ‘find an interesting place; anywhere will do, use any lens you like as long as you can push the shutter speed down to between 2 and 5 seconds, point the camera at something, focus it, push the button, wiggle the camera around and see what happens.’
That is obviously very much a potted version but the essence is in that paragraph.
I knew that, according to Doug, I would have to take hundreds of shots to get just a few good images so I wasn’t expecting to have much success first time out. However, I was pleasantly surprised and have, after two walks, processed about 30 decent pictures which I quite like.
The real beauty of photography with ICM is that there are no rules so you can’t do anything wrong!!!!
It’s a personal creative process with absolutely no barriers, limited only by your vision and ideas. You don’t have to travel the world to find stunning locations where the world and his wife will be trying to take the same photos as everybody else. I looked at Table Mountain for 20 years, which is stunningly beautiful, in its many guises. There must have been millions of photos taken over many years, many of which can be seen publicly.
Using ICM you can create beautiful and unique pictures, which nobody else can copy, without setting foot outside your front gate.
Have a go. It’s great fun and so liberating.
I have posted a portfolio of some of my first ICM work on jamoroki-art and I have included a few in this post, as examples, which I have just processed.