“What Emotion do I Want to Invoke?”
Ask yourself when you share your photographs this simple question. “What emotion do I want to invoke?” I often see subjects where the photographer selects the best photographs being the ones with the bright sun over ones with great mood. The main difference between these two photos of the Stinson is the light. One is very moody and the other, it’s bloody blah! Yes, one has brighter color but the other has a killer mood. One says it was a nice day to fly. The other says it was a helluva great flight! How do you want your photograph to reach out to viewers because you have complete control over that impact!
Probably the hardest thing to learn and apply is the power of light to reach the heartstring. This is especially true with objects that don’t naturally seem cuddly. One way you might think of it that might help is, does the light bring a mystery to the subject? Generally, the shape of the subject informs the viewer what it is so you can use the light to create a little mystery about what the subject is doing. Playing on the imagination rather than outright saying the punchline taps emotions and with that, storytelling success. The difference between these two is the light. And seeing this in your own photographs takes time. So when selecting the photo to share just ask yourself the simple question “What emotion do I want to invoke?”