Abstract Photography Tips and Ideas

Abstract is a popular photography topic with a definition that may be different for every photographer. The imagination of the artist and viewer interprets each image, many times bringing to light an unrealistic point of view of an actual object or scene. Though a photographer may not follow a set of ‘rules’ to create an abstract picture, there are still plenty of techniques to use with equipment and compositions in order make more interesting photos.

“Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible a reality that we can neither see nor describe, but whose existence we can postulate.”
– Gerhard Richter

Kevin Dooley – Fantamorph abstract
Kevin Dooley - Fantamorph abstract

Abstract Photography Ideas

If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas for abstract photography, here is a list of great blogs that have featured a lot of great pictures. You can also check out our blog post featuring 40 abstract photos here.

Tuts+ – 70+ Stunning Abstract Photographs
A beautiful gallery along with a few practical tips and techniques.

DPS – 33 Amazing Abstract Images
With almost 30k shares, this collection is definitely amazing.

noupe – Stunning Abstract Black and White Photography
If you prefer B&W photography, these abstract photos will be what you’re looking for.

Inspiration Feed – 40 Majestic Examples of Abstract Architecture Photography
These aren’t your usual architecture photos, they offer a new perspective and require a little imagination.

Creative Design Magazine – 70 Spectacular Examples Of Abstract Photography
These abstract examples are truly stunning.

Kevin Dooley – Going abstract
Kevin Dooley - Going abstract

Abstract Photography Tips

Now that you’re inspired, here are a few links to tips and techniques to help you create abstract photos.

Digital Photo Secrets – Abstract Photography For Beginners
A short but helpful article for those who haven’t tried abstract photography before.

Craftsy – How to Create Abstract Photography Using Nature
Nature offers so many opportunities to make interesting abstract photos. Jeff Sinon discusses his techniques and process for creating these unique images.

DPS – Creating Abstract Images in Nature
Another helpful article about abstract nature photos, because it’s a popular topic!

121 Clicks – 6 Simple Tips to take Fantastic Abstract Photography
From getting up close to tones, these easy tips will improve your images substantially.

Picture Correct – Abstract Photography Tips and Techniques
These quick tips will provide a solid foundation for good abstract pictures.

Sport Diver – How to Shoot Abstract Underwater Photography
This is a cool blog post about underwater abstract photography. The article gives a few helpful tips and walks through different settings and techniques to capture great abstract images underwater.

Photography Tricks – 8 Inspiring Tips on Creating Beautiful Abstract Compositions
This is our favorite link of the list. The advice presented about abstract photography is unique and perfect for both beginners and advanced photographers. Maggie May writes about vision, subtraction, and key elements to consider when making abstract images.