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Beautiful Examples of Kinetic Photography

When you hear the word ‘kinetic‘ for the first time, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is motion. Kinetic Photography, also known as ‘camera tossing‘, is a technique of shooting photos with the actual physical movement of the camera. However, it does not necessarily involve tossing of the camera — you can also shake, bounce, swing or spin it; the goal of the technique is to obtain unpredictable results which are sometimes fascinating, always abstract and rarely boring.

The main rule of kinetic photography is simple: do not hold your camera stationary! Obviously, it is a quite uncommon and bizarre technique that involves risk of damaging your camera. The concept is extremely simple and really fun to use. Though the outcome is uncertain, kinetic photography sometimes produces beautiful abstract, random and motion blurred images. The results often look like a computer generated graphics.

Below we present beautiful examples of kinetic photography for your inspiration. All images are linked to photographer’s web sites. You can explore further works of the photographers we’ve featured below by clicking on the images presented in this showcase. And feel free to add links to some beautiful works in the comments to this post!

Beautiful Examples of Kinetic Photography Link

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Matt Gorecki433

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Dave Gorman11

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LeTiger13

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hookstrapped21

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Tomas i Småland23

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Abizeleth25

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? ?l?27

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Right Brain4929

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capcbd31

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pan_tomi35

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QuakkauQ | Jens Ludwig4537

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clickykbd6939

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quinet41

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Matt Gorecki433

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QuakkauQ | Jens Ludwig4537

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Right Brain4929

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Galvatori53

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baliomegatron57

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Jay Versluis59

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eflon61

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rachie lea77

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tengtan79

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Clickykbd83

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Further Resources Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7178115@N03/414087589
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bolerosanchez/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bolerosanchez/400291065/
  5. 5 http://thinking-fish.deviantart.com/
  6. 6 http://thinking-fish.deviantart.com/art/CBD75-128355958
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/101842719/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/2227251810/in/set-72157600229113669/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgbalancesrocks/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/54873020@N00/371902796
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/letiger/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/letiger/2338452063/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/95739274
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/2163642939/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/2049577918/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hookstrapped/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hookstrapped/1938330935/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/people/11463679@N06/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/11463679@N06/2613835398/in/pool-cameratoss
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/abizeleth/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/91706714@N00/3224000595
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewayne/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewayne/3148875100/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightshousehpc/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightshousehpc/3126786622/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/twistedpics/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/twistedpics/3125887778/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/2385659841/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pan_tomi/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pan_tomi/428573947/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quakkauq/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quakkauq/2898650345/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/63152557/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinet/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinet/76809984/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bolerosanchez/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bolerosanchez/377347838/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quakkauq/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quakkauq/2511434345/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/669572161/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightshousehpc/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightshousehpc/3252466556/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/96322324
  53. 53 http://galvatori.deviantart.com/
  54. 54 http://galvatori.deviantart.com/art/Dual-ephemeral-104529380
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/281646894
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/baliomegatron/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8132933@N04/1216062288/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/versluis/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/versluis/2669489547/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eflon/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eflon/3655695161/in/set-72157603955054893/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/1035244002/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/121886391/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastofnorth/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastofnorth/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/2712959896/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/366361011
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/298306553
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/13895388@N03/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/13895388@N03/1988365704/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachels_photo_world/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachels_photo_world/1023777568/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tengtan/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tengtan/3208938904/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/584153058/
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clickykbd/143802466/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elray/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932106@N00/117317848
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/people/mtnrockdhh/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/2383666134/in/set-72157600229113669/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/groups/cameratoss/
  90. 90 http://cameratoss.blogspot.com/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtnrockdhh/collections/72157601637118962/
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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

  1. 1

    Beautiful work! Thanks for the collection.

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  2. 2

    Beautiful but I think some things like the smoke photography do not constitute kinetic photography (or maybe I just misunderstood the term)

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  3. 3

    I had a go at this with my old camera. Some of the effects you can get are really amazing as this post shows.

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  4. 4

    Truly beautiful & inspiring :)

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  5. 5

    Amazing stuff!

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  6. 6

    how ’bout some examples of the techniques that the photographer used to produce these images? e.g. how to shake the camera to produce good results.

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  7. 7

    Web Design News

    September 25, 2009 8:44 am

    Inspiring..

    @webdesign_news

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  8. 8

    Yeah I agree with gregory. Some examples of the techniques that the photographer used to produce these images would be nice.

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  9. 9

    If you click the links, some of them lead to explanations.

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  10. 10

    Nice photos! I played with my camera too, making photos at my Apple keyboard light. here’s the result.

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  11. 11

    I did this a while back and had no idea what it was called.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/john-hanusek/sets/72057594071495425/

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  13. 13

    Doesn’t really seem to be a collection of “camera tossing”. The images here seem to be the result of some pretty planned (and probably stationary) shots.

    Yet another uninspiring (and not too well thought out) photo collection from smashing.

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  14. 14

    Thanks for highlighting Kinetic Photography technique.

    However, a little clarification is in order. You incorrectly identify in your introductory paragraph that Kinetic Photography is also known as Camera Toss, and that it doesn’t necessarily involve tossing of the camera.

    Kinetic Photography involves movement of the camera (and/or the subject), which can be accomplished my hand-held motion, swinging from a strap or tether, rotation on a tripod, etc.

    Camera Toss is a specific subset of Kinetic Photography that involves creation of photographs by an airborne camera – one that is thrown into the air, out of one’s hands and untethered in any way. So, to qualify as a Camera Toss image, the camera DOES in fact need to be thrown into the air. Various types of rotation contribute to the reproducible geometries exhibited by many of the images referenced above that resulted from actual tossed cameras, and these geometries are usually easily differentiated from their hand-held counterparts by the fluidity of the resulting patterns.

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  15. 15

    wow those look amazing, great post

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  16. 16

    Stunning!

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  17. 17

    Great article but …
    You have forgotten Heinrich Heidersberger. Take a look at the results of his so called Rhythmograph.

    Heinrich Heidersberger

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  18. 18

    stunning ! I would love to know the techniques involved….

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  19. 19

    Cant bring myself to toss my D3 around I¬m afraid /o

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  20. 20

    Wow….These are incredible. Does anyone know what type of camera is required for Kinetic Photography? SLR? Also, do you know of any good tuturials for this type of photography?

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