Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The High Concept Image
Pro tips to help you take your photos to a higher level
4 Use weather and color to create mood. Mood is an important component of all great photographs. To me, "mood" encompasses anything that acts to strike an emotional chord with your viewers, forging a connection between them and your photograph. Of course, emotions are mercurial and fickle things, which is why mood is such a difficult subject to discuss—but I'll do my best here to make some sense of it.
For nature photography, use of "atmospherics" is often an effective way of expressing mood. Atmospherics include a number of weather-related phenomenon that occur when moisture in the air reacts to temperature, most notably, mist and fog, dramatic storm clouds and rainbows. Color can also have a powerful impact on the emotional response generated by a photo. Warm tones dominate early and late in the day, whereas cooler tones are more common at other times, especially at twilight or in deep shadows on a sunny day. Use color creatively to enhance mood.
5 Wait for the decisive moment. I like to think of photography as an exercise in finding "convergences," those moments when two or more elements come together in an interesting, meaningful or artistically relevant way. Usually, such convergences are fleeting, leading Henri Cartier-Bresson to describe photography as capturing the "decisive moment" in which one is able to record an essential interaction of subjects at its peak. Ideally, the moment should reveal something about the character of the subject or capture an instant when nature's power is at its fullest, filled with energy and possibility.
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