Feelings emerge through photographs, just like they do in real life. They transmit a message while also indicating a person’s mood and state of mind. When it comes to photography, it’s all about evoking feelings and emotions. The use of light heightens emotions. They can be ambiguous and opaque, or they can be clear and obvious. Humankind’s diversity can elicit any feeling you can conceive of. Compassion, fear, love, hate, sadness, and happiness are all emotions that people experience. To increase the impact of the photographs, include people in them. Using either directed portraiture or candid documentary photography. It is all up to you.
Emotions plays a lead role in photography. To promote mystery, terror, and the unknown, shoot in dark tones. To encourage comfort, happiness, and well-being, shoot in bright tones. Know what you want to achieve and use light to do it. Different perspectives will allow you to express yourself even more freely. To demonstrate power, authority, or strength, shoot from below. To imply a confrontation, shoot straight on. To convey how little we are in this world, shoot from afar or above. To allow places for imagination, shoot details and use negative space.
The use of these techniques and viewpoints together is an excellent approach to make images stand out, elicit emotion, create art, or convey a message. People are motivated to act and care when they see powerful, emotional imagery. And that’s quite beneficial.
All the photos and text in this post are copyright of R.N. Jaya Sai from Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, Creative Hut Institute of Photography. Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.