One of the greatest powers of photography is the ability of expressing one’s emotions through it. The most powerful photographs out there are the ones that successfully convey a certain mood or emotion. But to convey an emotion through photography is not an easy task. Often times you photograph a scene and think that it is pretty powerful, and then the resulting image disappoints. In order to successfully achieve the desired result many things have to come into place.
I run both individual or group courses to help you advance through basics such as the use of your camera controls, but more importantly, to learn how to see and feel what it is you wish to portray in a photograph. Of course, feelings and emotion are subjective, and each of us may feel differently when we look at a particular image. But in general, there are certain things that help to create certain moods in your photos. Knowing how to use them is always going to help you to create more atmospheric and engaging pictures.
As you’re reading through this article, take some time to really look at each picture, where i have highlighted how i have used some of the rules of photography to create my image.
Some of the things you will be taught on the course are:
Light. It is very important in any photograph, and it has to be just right when expressing emotions. For example when you express anger, you might want to keep the scene in dark colors, while photographs expressing joy and happiness are mostly bright and shiny.
Timing. Most shots demand an eye for the moment. I can remember sitting for several hours in a rainy valley one day. I was drenched. I was cold. I was determined. This was going to be a great landscape shot. I just had to get the right light. Well, the moment never came. Several years later I arrived in the same valley about forty minutes from sundown. I sat for about ten minutes waiting for the right light. I saw it; took my shot. Happiness! When the right light or the right event occurs, if you are there, timing is down to the micro-timing of the shot. And that is the point. There are many levels of timing. The choice to be there or not is one level. Waiting for the special event, or the right light, or the right circumstances is another choice. Then there is the choice of whether to press the button NOW, or a microsecond later. Which of these choices makes the shot in the end?
Color. Another important component. The first example that comes to my mind is the Red color, which can represent danger (in various signs) but in other contexts can also represent romance (red roses, red lips). Another example would be Green color, which has calming effect, if you want to create sense of tranquility in your photo you might want to fill it with green color (trees, plants, jungle, sea). When you consider various combinations of colors – the possibilities are endless, and don’t forget the power of black and white photographs!
Composition. It is absolutely essential to have an appropriate composition for expressing any emotion through your photograph. Sometimes just a slight change of camera angle can make all the difference and emotionally faded image comes to life.
Focus. When you want to emphasize a certain part of your image you put it in sharp focus while making other parts more blurred, but this rule isn’t written in stone. Sometimes the blurred parts of an image create all the mood, and hint the viewer about the story of the photograph. So it is not about the image being sharp or not, but about using the focus in such ways that will contribute to your final result.
There can be endless combinations of these components, and it is photographer’s job to find and create the ones that work, the ones that convey emotions to the viewer in a powerful way. Please feel free to contact me through the contact page for any particular needs you might need to enhance your skills and your abilty to start seeing photographs every day.