Photographing Temptation

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The trill of temptation is strong and we must remember that although we might want to give in , we often cannot. the reasons are many, but that is why we have a brain; to think things through before regretting our actions. However, this project is not about regrets, it just simply about taking photos of things, scenes, subjects and circumstances that are interpreted as offering a temptation.

"A temptation is an act that looks appealing to an individual. It is usually used to describe acts with negative connotations and as such, tends to lead a person to regretsuch actions, for various reasons: legal, social, psychological (including feeling guilt), health, economic, etc. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss." Wikipedia

What are some of the subjects, well almost anything from foods to more mature subjects. You should research some of the most common topics and subjects which are considered as offering a temptation and then proceed to select subjects and record their images. It is always best to choose a few subjects and a wide array of themes. Do not concentrate on only mature temptations or one single theme as this will seriously limit the range of images that can be produced.

Better is if you pick at least three main topics and proceed to taking their images. Lets not forget the most famous image of temptation involving the apple and the snake. Sometimes simple images make the best representations in any theme.

For example; sex, alcohol & gambling or food, shopping & TV. As you can start to imagine there are hundreds of combinations. The key is to record images that are true representations of a temptation.

If your audience sees an image and feels compelled to follow through then the project has worked. this is very similar to what advertisers do with their products. Notably some of the fast food chains have become almost experts in this technique. How many times have you seen a commercial for a juicy hamburger from one of the main fast food retailers and suddenly felt the urge to go get one? This is the same principle behind this photo project. You images have to be done creatively and enticing at the same time.

This is a combination product photography, portrait photography, glamour photography and fashion photography all rolled into one. The same techniques that apply to a host of photographic projects also apply here. The same attention that is placed in the lighting, the props, the backgrounds and others is also required with this project too.

Keep you subject simple, use dark backgrounds to highlight the subjects, parts of a subject are often enough. I don't need to photograph a scantily or naked woman to represent sexual temptations often just part of cleavage will do. Remember innuendo is often as powerful as an entire message. Leaving something for the imagination makes a viewer focus just as much plus it leaves room for discussion. The mind is a powerful tool, use it to your advantage.

The project does not necessarily have to be done in an air of misery and gravity, it could as well work the same with a tinge of comedy and you need not look farther than most major advertisers.

Although most images can stand on their own as far as the project is concerned, you should add the human element to it Your images can help your audience understands the theme better when a person is part of them just as if some suitable props are included in an image of temptation featuring a human element.

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Regardless of the particular subject or topics that you choose to envelope yourself in, be modest and to the point.

There are many suitable subjects that can be used and their images can turn from modest acceptable images to distasteful ones which can in turn turn an audience away, especially if the topic happens to be one of poignancy.

These photographs can be submitted to any photo stock house which will probably be the main ones that are prone to buying them as well as some poster publications. Although more comical images and themes have a larger clientele base.

The project can also lead to other work within the theme as there are many organizations which regularly use them in their marketing and advertising campaigns.

It is worth noting these potential clients and keeping their industry and motives in mind when composing the photographs.

By gathering a name for yourself and as your work becomes known, these organizations can become future clients which in turn can open other avenues for even more future projects.

Many more photography articles with tips and project ideas!

© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic! Someone picked the theme of Temptation for my Etsy Beadweavers monthly challenge a few years ago. It was very interesting to see the wide range of subjects.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

randomcreative: Thank you. I have missed your comments, they are always uplifting


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J Red Horse 4 years ago from The beautiful wilderness of the White Mountain of N.H.

Greetings Luis,

Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub about Native American Spirituality.

I enjoyed your hub on temptaion very much, I have a tid bit on the subject.

I play Native American flute at countless Powwows in New England and when the dancers enter the circle for the first time to open the Native festival the first 3 dances can not be photographed as they are honor dances or scared Native dances.

We will have people scattered amoungst the guest that look for people about to photograph the dancers and they are asked not to, if they do get a shot off of the dancers we will politely request that they delete the images from their camera.

When we explaine the importance of not shooting certain dances they always comply to our request.

It is not an easy task even with the announcer stating at the beginning of grand entery "Please do not take photos during the first three dances".

We believe that our ancestors may come to dance with us and we feel that the photographs may catch something from the spirit lands that should not be captured on film or digital gagets.

Just thought I'd add a little Indian wisdom to your topic.

Thanks so much and I pray you will walk in light!

Jesse Red Horse.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

J Red Horse; Thanks, very informative and eye opening

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