What is ICM Photography?

What is ICM Photography?

ICM Photography is intentional camera movement photography. It is moving the camera with a purpose to create an abstract looking photograph. You can pan the camera side to side, tilt the camera up and down, move the camera diagonally, spin the camera, or zoom in or out with the camera lens all while the photo is being exposed.

Here is an example of panning the camera sideways:

You can notice that if you are moving the camera smoothly then it creates lines like brush strokes.

Here is an example of moving the camera diagonally and fast:

When you move the camera quickly it blends the colors together.

Here is an example of zooming the camera lens in:

The result creates a tie dye effect with the image or a zooming quickly feeling towards the center.

Here is an example of moving the camera up as the image is exposed:

It creates lines going up to give it a smudge look.

To be able to create ICM images, you are looking for a slower shutter speeds.  Sunrises and sunsets do this for you naturally. If you are trying to create one on a sunny day you will need to add a neutral density filter to you lens so you can get the slower shutter speeds.  ICM is all about experimenting with your camera settings and movement. It takes a steady hand because you have to move without the tripod.  My favorite part about ICM is that every exposure you will create something different.  You just have to experiment with the speed you are moving the camera, or how long the shutter is opened.  Let your imagination go wild.