There is now a marked tendency for technical perfection, total and absolute sharpness, vivid colors or excess dynamic range HDR shaped processes. The usual result is endless snapshots soulless, cut from the same cloth and characterless. Is this a good way to capturing great images? Lying if we said that there is an important aspect, but do pay attention to time, find that interesting “point”? Do we strive to give emotion to our images?
What is already said by Robert Capa, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, is that you were not as close enough”. What does this mean? We will reveal in the introduction one of the keys to add excitement to your photos: Take pictures with the camera angle and placed as close to the action as you can, you get to integrate the viewer in the scene!
Keys to Convey Emotions
Giving emotion is synonymous with storytelling, documenting events or actions, who is attracted by something (not necessarily a photograph) that expresses nothing? Once we know this, what tools have for enhancing these facts? Let’s see some of them!
Angle vs zoom: Human vision has a lot to do, we will always be more involved or made a scene taken with zoom angular, is our natural way of perceiving the world!
Shutter speed: Another major key to express emotion. Have you stopped to think how we live ever certain stories? Life is full of movement, and movement is at odds with very fast shutter speeds where everything froze. Therefore, knowing how to find the sweet spot between sharpness and movement will be a good way to express emotions.
Distance: The closer you find the action, the better. Emotions are born of contact with the events, who senses danger, love or excitement when a lion is by far the girl we like on the other side of the club or run a Formula One we see from the last row of the stands? Emotion also means proximity!
Note: Almost a constant (and counseling) in most articles we write, direct observation may be the key to success. Observe involves giving time to our mind to process the whole scene, and once able to control and assimilate what is happening, will be able to anticipate events!
Focus on a story or event: After locating a particular scene, framed in such a way that nothing can distract, i.e. direct know! And avoid distractions.
Natural light vs. Flash: The flash is a tool of unquestionable value in photography; however, their presence in excess can nullify the natural properties of light. Call me classic, but in my point of view natural lighting are a key point to bring excitement to our images. Eye! When we say natural we mean not only to sunlight and their atmospheric variations, also pointed to own concert lighting, clubhouse models or any other event that night has its own visual display.
On The Street
In the bustle of cities happen many events, facts on which that point of emotion seek to provide another spirit to our images: Cars, animals, buildings, the coming and going of the lives of each of us, looks, meetings and misunderstandings… It is a whole range of possibilities that could become the core of our history. Would you like to inspire the work of some of the best street photographers?
Daido Moriyama is one of the great masters in the art. Born in Japan, he has dedicated his work to portray the life that populates bustling Tokyo, its rhythm, its corners; nothing has escaped the camera lens getting for decades accumulating a work full of absolute thrill.
Often, photo sessions with some preparation and staging suffer from this “freshness” of the moment. It is difficult to bring emotion in this sense but, if we manage to stay alert in those moments in which models are relaxed, we most likely to get unique images. Most of the large photographs of celebrities taken backstage or directly in situations in which they had stopped work, moments in which gets breaching the employment barrier and access the person.
Peter Lindbergh is one of my favorites. A reference in fashion photography, has photographed top models from the likes of Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford. Photography without excesses was able to create an environment accomplice to take the “soul” of his characters. His work is a constant black and white, simple, visual storytelling, textures and poetic vision of all that watched.
From my point of view, give excitement to nature photography is synonymous with life cover. The landscapes are static, certain lighting situations can make them more interesting, but at least for me, when we bring that “point” animal began to tell stories, the images begin to dialogue with the viewer.
Bence Máté is a renowned expert in animal behavior portrait. Born in 1985, the Hungarian managed to win the highest award possible proclaimed winner of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife of The Year in 2010. Do you want excitement? Take a look at your site!