Classic DigiCam

Celebrating the Nostalgia of Retro Digital Photography

Embracing Blur

Blurry pictures are cool.

With Classic DigiCams, it’s not uncommon to get blurry photos. These old digital models just aren’t as quick as modern digital cameras. With ridiculous frames-per-second rates and subject-tracking continuous autofocus, it’s possible to get a whole bunch of nearly identical tack-sharp pictures within the time that a Classic DigiCam captures just one—and that one picture might be blurry.

That might sound bad, but it’s not. Blurry photos are in. Why? Because there is more authenticity in it—they’re more real… not in the sense that we experience life through blur (although maybe sometimes we do or it feels like we do), but in the sense that it happened naturally (less augmented and manipulated). It’s more intimate, and maybe a little more as we actually remember it—our memories are often a bit abstract, as are blurry pictures. Perhaps there is a bit of nostalgia to it, too, since blurry pictures were common before advanced technologies made them less so. Whatever the reason, blurry images are popular right now.

How do you get blurry pictures on your DigiCam? Most often they come naturally. The camera misses focus or uses too slow of a shutter speed in dim light. Those that happen naturally tend to look better than those that are forced; however, sometimes forcing a blurry picture can be good, too. You can make a blurry picture by locking focus (pressing the shutter halfway down), then moving forwards or backwards a little before taking the picture. Or, if the light is dim, move the camera around while pressing the shutter release button to streak the scene.

Blurry photos are a part of the Classic DigiCam aesthetic. It’s a part of the experience. Don’t delete your blurry images or get upset when they happen; instead, embrace the blur, because blurry pictures are cool.

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