Capture the Mood

Capture the Mood
As a photographer, you probably think about the ‘mood’ of your photographs a lot, but what exactly is it? Ian Plant has all the answers as well as some suggestions

To make compelling photographs, you must learn to master mood. And I don’t mean your mood, although maintaining a positive attitude is essential when working long hours in the field, especially if conditions aren’t particularly good. No, what I’m talking about is the mood of your photo; that is, the atmosphere or feeling which triggers an emotional response from your viewers.

Mood is arguably the most difficult aspect of photography to discuss, as it is one of those ephemeral, subjective, ‘you have it or you don’t’ type of things. Mood provides that je ne sais quoi which elevates a composition to the next level. Although hard to define in an objective fashion, mood is vital to successful photography.

But what exactly do I mean by ‘mood’? To me, ‘mood’ encompasses anything that...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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