It's Week #37: Emotion

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Our emotions are what makes us who we are. Our sadness, our joy, our love, and the way we express these, is what makes us special, what makes us human. Emotions can also be what separates just a regular picture, to a beautiful story told in a photo. A small smile, a tear forming on an eye, or a disappointed frown – these are the things that can communicate more than words can.

This week, your challenge is to capture these emotions. Forget the “say cheese”, and get up close and personal. Show us the pain, joy, and love that your subject feels. See the story that is told by a face, and capture it so the rest of the community can hear it.

 Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Figure out which emotion you are going to portray, and then choose your light, background, and any props you feel you need to express that emotion
  • Brighter light will often portray a happier or lighter emotion, whereas a darker photo will be, well, darker! Consider the Extra Credit if you are going for a sadder emotion
  • Pay special attention to your subjects eyes. After all, the eyes are the windows to the soul, and they show emotion that the rest of the face may hide.
  • Ever randomly conjure up a memory that makes you smile? Have your subject think of something that makes them feel sad, or happy, or angry, depending on what emotion you are trying to show. Real life experiences will show the truest emotions.
  • Forget people! Try capturing an object that conveys emotion, or an attachment to an emotion.
  • Experiment with how tight your crop is. You may find that a tighter crop, showing more of your model’s face, is more evocative than a wider shot.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out Emotion from 2015 and 2012, and Joy from 2014! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: “Low Key”

For some extra credit joojoo, try taking a low key photo! As we learned in Week 28, a low key photo is a photo that uses mostly dark tones to create a more dramatic image. A low-key photo will generally have one or two focused light sources, which will selectively light the subject, while the background remains dark. This is a great way to evoke a sad or pensive mood in your shot. Check out this handy article on how to achieve this look, and this Coffee & Critique on our “high-key” album (it’s the opposite of low-key).

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015