Some traditional expressions are used so often that they become obnoxious. One of them is “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While it is entirely true, you do not have to think about creating a 10-page essay with every push of the shutter button you make.
To become an acclaimed photographer you have to learn to take photos with your emotions, not only with your camera. Here are a few tips that will bring the best out of your photography skills, and which might challenge people to describe your work with fresh, updated expressions:
Put your heart into it
The thing that separates a provoking photograph from a regular one is its ability to convey emotion. You can take thousands of photos of the Grand Canyon from the same point to capture its natural beauty, and still not create any feeling for the viewer. Instead, if you use your feelings and combine them with what you can see through your camera, you can create a masterpiece with only one try.
Taking the perfect photograph requires training and practice. You also need to have a solid knowledge of all the technicalities that photography implies. However, it often happens that an amateur photographer creates better photos than a professional who has many years of experience behind him. The difference is made by the level of emotion that one uses to capture the ideal shot.
Make it a reflection of your mood
Photography can easily become a reflection of your state of mind and your emotional balance. Try to have a camera with you at all times and take multiple photographs of the surroundings. You will later notice how the landscape is influenced by your mood.
A sad period in your life can add an emotional substrate to your photo, even if you are capturing a sunny day at the beach. On the other hand, a rainy day could inspire serenity and optimism, if you include a bit of your happy mood in the picture.
Breathe life into your photo
Paying attention to minor details is a good practice that will help you reflect more of your personality into the photos you take. A picture of a neighborhood could seem dull even if you are capturing a local block party. However, if you focus on a small element like a single dancer, a passing bird or a stray dog, you can reconfigure the emotion given by the entire landscape. Feel free to give photographs a different meaning than what they depict.
Come back for a second session
Your mood varies every day, and this aspect influences heavily on your photography work. Try taking photos of the same place on different days, under various weather conditions and, of course, in alternate states of mind. You will be surprised to see just how much a landscape can change the lens of your emotional implication.