Ideas and Examples Images can be real life (i.e. portraits, landscapes) or abstract. The idea is to capture emotion or to evoke emotion for the viewer.  





Capture Constraints


Post Production Adjustments

Post Production Constraints


Key Components for winning Images


Capturing emotion generally applies to portrait photography, where the photographer’s challenge is to portray authentic emotion by putting their subject at ease and capturing their “real self”.


Tricks might include asking them to talk to each other, or interact in ways that will help them to forget that the camera is there.


You may prefer to communicate an emotion via a moody landscape or abstract image that you feel conveys a strong emotion, i.e. solitude, foreboding etc.


The beauty of this subject is that it provides the photographer with many creative options. If you want to challenge yourself and shoot specifically for this month’s subject, write a list of emotions that you are interesting in exploring and jot down ideas of how you might go about it. Think of images that have made you feel a powerful emotion and why. What can you learn from those images? What techniques did the photographer use?





Only those listed in the Overarching Rules apply


All post production adjustments available in editing software.




Only those listed in the Overarching Rules apply


Avoid unnatural portraits by engaging with your subject. Give them something to think about, give them something to do.


Think about photographic techniques that enhance mood. For example: lighting (low key, high key); camera angle (looking up to subject or looking down). For portraits, pre-visualise. Think about time of day, clothing choice, props etc.


“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures”


Don McCullin





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