Mood Photography

Magnificent Mood Photography and Techniques.

The photograph is an image which anyone can take. But to capture a mood is a bit difficult. After taking a photo you may find the mood which you saw is not reflected in the photo.

If you want to show a specific mood, you have to remember these are naturally affected by the surroundings. So, the mood of your photo is almost always determined by the location.

The lighting plays an important role in creating the mood which is different in indoors in comparison to mood in the outdoors.

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You have to focus sharply on your subject. Also, you have to make the background out of focus. This is done by focusing on the eyes of the subject. You have to use a wide aperture. In this way a part of the face and the background is out of focus.

The background which remains out of focus is moody. This is because we have to imagine. This can be used brilliantly when the background is darker than the subject. You should know that shadows are moodier than bright highlights.

You can try to shoot in low light. This is very moody and suggestive. In this type of shooting you have to use shutter speeds which is slow to create a photo which is not clear. In this way mood of a photo can be created.

You can shoot as you see and then adjust the color afterwards. The advantage of this is you do not have to worry about shooting a perfect photo. You can decide on the color optimization afterwards.

Try to use the back light which appears very dramatic and moody. This works very well as the exposure range is not within the range what your camera can handle.

You can also try to expose the foreground and overexpose the background. You can also shoot a backlit portrait. The flash should give light to your subject either from the front or side.

When there is something which is moving, long exposures work best. This applies to the sea, water in a waterfall or even grass blowing in the wind. The moving elements are contrasted against the still elements of the scene. You would get the best effect if you shoot in low light just after sunset.

This technique can also be used in urban photography where you can shoot a fast moving car in urban landscapes. If you can shoot the photo really good lights from the car would leave trails.

There is a change in mood with the change in the season. You will find that every season has got a distinct mood which is reflected through changes in light, color and weather.

When you are shooting on a bright, sunny day , you cannot shoot a picture which appears moody and dark. Similarly, a sunny day denotes happiness.

You may need to take several test shots to capture the mood you are intending to achieve. But once you get the hang of it, the pictures will speak volumes about the mood of the subject and produce surreal images.

What to look for in a photographer

What to look for in a photographer

Long gone are the days when photography was considered as a mere hobby to fill your time with, and just a way to make some photos. With the latest advances in the field of photography and the way a photo should be shot in order to get the best effect – nowadays people can spend their entire lives trying to fully master the art of photography, and even if you spend your entire life on photography, you still wouldn’t master it fully. This means that there’s a skill to photography, and in order to get really good at it, you would have to have not only the gift, but also to practice it incessantly.

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Being that most people don’t really have the time or inclination to practice the art and skill of photography, it stands to reason that most people don’t really know how to take full advantage of photography. But people really tend to hold high quality pictures in really high esteem, because of their inherent worth as a piece of someone’s memories. And this is where the professional photographers enter the picture.

Below you’ll find several ways in which you can distinguish the best professional photographer for your particular needs.

The marks of great skill in photography

First of all, you’ll want to do a fair bit of research on professional photographers. You wouldn’t want to be scammed by an amateur photographer posing as a pro. So, do your research. Ask your friends, perhaps someone knows of some professional photographer that is really skilled. You could check the internet, or the ads in your local newspaper. The rule of thumb is, when you look for a skilled photographer, the more people point their fingers at them when you ask them on who the best of the best is, the more likely it is that this person is really highly skilled in photography. Of course, some of the times you might find a gem among the dirt, meaning you’ll find an unrecognized genius in the field of photography, which can save you a lot of money, but all in all, we recommend you to check the word on the street when picking your photographer.

Next thing you’ll want to look for in a photographer, is his actual work. The product of a photographer’s work are the photos, of course. So, when interviewing a photographer that you may eventually hire, be sure to mention that he brings a piece of his work. Professional photographers that are highly skilled take pride in their work, and they’ll have no issue with sharing some of their photos with you. See them and see if you like them. But beware, the photographer may get someone else’s work and show it like it’s his. And if the photographer doesn’t really want to show his photos to you for X reasons, then the smartest thing to do for you would be to find another photographer.

A professional photographer is a somewhat of a visual expert, and this makes sense when you consider that his life’s call is to analyze the surroundings and capture the best shots. This means that he’ll put a high price on appearance, and he’ll be neat and tidy, and well groomed. Your alarm bells should go off instantly if the photographer shows up on the interview unkempt and if he’s looking anything but professionally. Bear this in mind when interviewing the people that have applied for work.

You must check out the price of the photographers as well. Being that photography is mostly an art, this means that different photographers have a different price as to their services. Check up on your budgetary constraints. How much money do you have for spending on professional photography on your event? The rule of thumb is, as with everything else, the more money you invest, the better the quality you’ll get in return. Of course, there are rare exceptions to this, and if you really manage to find a high-quality photographer for little money, then good for you.

Finally, you’ll want to see about the photographer’s sense of style. There are many styles in photography, and a single photographer typically specializes in one or a few styles. It’s impossible for a single person to master all styles in photography, to be fair. So, check up on how a particular style looks, and then see if you like it. Then pick out the photographer that best fits the style of photography that you prefer. There are many styles of photography: classical, fine art, portraiture, documentary… you name it. And you can’t really objectively single out one of these styles as inherently better than the others – they are all good in their own ways, and have their own drawbacks as well. So, pick the one that you like the most, and the one that you think will the most appropriate for the photos of your event.

If you follow these guidelines, then you’ll undoubtedly hire the best photographer you can hire for your event – and the end product will show this quality of your choice. You’ll have the best photos you can imagine.