Capturing Emotion

Most teachers have a favorite sermon or two, a hobby horse they never get tired of riding. Mine are the need to serve your vision, and the need to infuse your photographs with emotion. The former is the subject of this book; the latter will get snuck in here and there. The easiest way to elicit an emotional response to a photograph is to allow that photograph to reflect an existing emotion, one already being felt and manifested by the people in your image. Generally, a photograph of a happy child, smiling or laughing, reflects that emotion to the viewer—there’s no interpretation needed. But as the emotions get more subtle, they become harder for the photographer to capture, and harder for the viewer to interpret.

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