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...