Photographing Words with Meaning
You have no doubt heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. This theme practices the opposite; a word can be shown in a thousand ways. This topic involves taking a word that can have the potential of invoking strong feelings, thoughts or that brings ideas to ones mind.
Take for example a word such as love, the images that can serve to represent this word are many such as a couple in a loving embrace, kissing, or just looking deeply into each others eyes. And since there are many types of love images of a mother tenderly cuddling her newborn child works just as well.
Words used for this theme do not have to be those that represent feelings, often the best ones are those that represent a reaction such as stress, worry or deep thought; meditation is one such word.
Images that faithfully show the meaning or this word can be those that involve a person looking aimlessly at the nothing or another of a person peacefully sitting below a shaded tree on a calm and peaceful day.
Another word that is very adaptable towards the theme is compassion with hope following very close behind. Images of compassion can be scenes such as a person feeding a hungry dog, cat or any other animal or a scene showing someone giving a helping hand to an elderly individual or even offering something to the homeless or a tender embrace to someone who has suffered a catastrophe.
Whatever word you choose to represent with your photographs one of the keys to make the images stand out is to remove any distracting elements from the scene that do not add to it. Therefore most images should be done in a close up mode with often nothing but the faces of those involved filling the frame and with the use of a wide aperture so that any elements that fall outside or are in the fringes of the main scene being rendered out of focus.
This is not to say that every single image has to be recorded in close up, keep in mind that if there are other elements not directly within the frame of the main subjects but add any interesting elements or bring details to the scene, then they should be included. One of the best tools to obtain these type of shots is a telephoto or zoom lens in the range of 80mm to 200mm. This lens allows one to go in close or increase the distance between the photographer and subjects.
The best images are those that are unplanned by subjects who are seemingly not aware that their photograph is being taken. However a good model knows how to simulate this and is more aware of certain poses and facial expression for each feeling or emotion and can quickly adapt their style to any word and are very keen in analyzing and interpreting what the photographer is trying to do.
Take for example the word genuine, how does one really represent with nothing but posture and facial expression this very important word? One good way is to record an image of a person doing something or giving something to someone else and there is a kind and simple smile on the face of this individual.
However for the expression to be representative of the word, the expression, especially of the eyes is very important and can often not be planned. Good actors and models are very good in doing just this. So using a models is recommended whenever one can and dependent of the words that the photographer has in mind.
Not to say that the entire project is about using models, various other words can be just as well represented by using scenes found readily in nature. The word serenity is easily shown be displaying images of a calm beach scene just after sundown or a peaceful scene of a Sunset, and even an image of a beautiful grassy field.
Try to use people and scenes with very few props and for people go easy on the makeup and clothing. Simple often is best. Depending on the word this is the rule to follow.
Be mindful that if you are going to use words that signify something strong such as fear, hate, anger and so on, then the rules are mostly the same but other things such as props, clothing and makeup will definite change and the use of strong or even dark colors tend to work best, especially the color red.
Like with all of your photographic projects, being creative is a must. Everything has been photographed already. What will set you apart is how creatively your images are done and how this creativity is used to capture and retain an audience's attention.
- How to capture Emotion and Feeling in your Photographs | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
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