Showing emotion in your images of people is one of the most difficult things to achieve. How is it done? Well, there is no simple answer to that question, but there are some tips and tricks that can help you capture the mood and expression of your subjects.
Here are some of them:
- Use natural light. Natural light can create a soft and flattering effect on the skin and also highlight the eyes and the facial features. Natural light can also convey different emotions depending on the time of day, the weather, and the direction of the light. For example, a warm sunset light can create a romantic or nostalgic mood, while a harsh midday light can create a dramatic or tense mood.
- Pay attention to the eyes. The eyes are often said to be the windows to the soul, and they can reveal a lot about what a person is feeling or thinking. Try to capture the eye contact between your subject and the camera, or between your subject and another person or object. You can also use focus, angle, and composition to draw attention to the eyes and make them stand out.
- Communicate with your subject. One of the best ways to elicit emotion from your subjects is to talk to them and make them feel comfortable and relaxed. You can ask them questions, tell them stories, make jokes, or give them compliments. You can also give them some direction or guidance on how to pose or what expression to make but don't overdo it. Let them be themselves and show their personality.
- Experiment with different techniques. There are many creative ways to show emotion in your images of people, such as using colour, contrast, motion blur, depth of field, filters, or editing tools. You can also try different genres or styles of photography, such as portrait, candid, street, documentary, or conceptual. Don't be afraid to try something new and see what works for you.