The hunt for mood in photography
February 1, 2013
This is my first blog. I have been unable to do one up until now, but I am excited to join the Dreamstime community. I have been a photographer with Dreamstime now since August last year and I am continually inspired by the amazing photography uploaded to this site and the high standard of work.
For sometime now I have been conflicted over what is the most important in photography, the technical aspect, composition or mood. This seems to be a common question and debate amongst photographers, but I have come to my own personal conclusion after 2 years of some good , bad, great and disasterous results , I truly believe that mood is , in my humble opinion, the most important aspect of a photo. Yes, even stock photography.
I have seen many, many 'technically perfect' composed photos that have left me cold and then seen photographs that may break some of the golden rules but the mood captured in the shot is just magical.
Isn't that what photography really should be all about in the end anyway. A photo that moves a viewer in some way, weather it be awe, laughter, tears or interest. With that in mind I am making my focus (excuse the pun) on creating photographs with mood in mind. Of course lighting plays a huge role in capturing mood but with a little effort you can supply this light if it is not available naturally.
So my hunt is now on to hone my craft and ability to try and tell a story or move a viewer with even the most mundane subject. Even a teapot can tell a story if it is photographed well!
If any of you more experience photographers, who feel the same way as I do, could pass on some valuable hints on gaining more mood and tips wth lighting to give great results in this area, I would be so appreciative. I am also happy to pass on any enlightment or bright ideas that I come across in my pursuit of capturing mood.
Again, I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful community of superb artists and photographers and I look forward to communicating and interacting more with everyone.
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