“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams
For me, photography is all about emotions. I believe that photography is a glimpse of who we are inside. Certainly we express how we feel about a subject through our shots, but the real excitement begins when we are able to capture moments in such a way that the viewer recognizes and actually feels that emotion within them. Perhaps it triggers a memory that deeply touches them. It may be as simple as the warmth or coolness of the colors we choose or the facial expressions we patiently wait for before clicking the shutter that makes it all happen. When it does, well that is when it becomes magical.
As wonderful as the basic rules of composition are for photography, when it comes to expressing emotion I think we have to be willing to step outside the box a bit. We have to be willing to break the rules.
It isn’t something that can be posed or forced.
It is more something we have to just let happen. As an example, if you really want to get some incredible shots of children, just follow them around while they live and love life. Those are the truly priceless moments…
What things do you do to help express emotion in photography?