One of the most common rejection reasons on microstock sites is “out of focus” – the image is not sharp enough. But artistic blur is something different, and creating out of focus images on purpose is an interesting idea. You can create all kinds of blurred backgrounds, and if people or recognizable buildings are included in the photo – no model or property release will be needed. Sparkling holiday backgrounds, city nightlife, and nature are the most common themes.
Motion blur is great for sports scenes and traffic lights – anything there you want to accentuate speed and fast movement. Bokeh effect is great for holiday and nature backgrounds and night scenes, and is often used in graphic, print and web design. If you have a good quality lens with a large aperture (like f/1.4 or f/1.8), you can achieve a nice bokeh effect while taking a photograph, or you can emulate it during post-processing in Photoshop. Motion blurs are easily created during post-processing.