This week Sofia challenges us to explore mood in photography.
What is mood?
A mental or emotional state, composure.
A verb form that depends on how its containing clause relates to the speaker’s or writer’s wish, intent, or assertion about reality. A sullen mental state; a bad mood. A disposition to do something. A prevalent atmosphere or feeling.
What does moody mean in photography?
A moody photo is one where the light and composition combine with the subject to create an image that generates an emotional response from the viewer. My dictionary says: Giving an impression of melancholy or mystery. An interesting definition – melancholy and mystery are powerful, emotional words.
Lighting your subject from the front creates a less directional look than lighting from the side or the back, and the latter two are better suited to a dark and moody style. If you’re shooting outdoors, the dim light of late evening into dusk is excellent for a dark and moody look.
Light and airy photos are bright, light, and generally feature soft, pastel-colored subjects. By contrast, “dark and moody” photos are just that: lots of dark areas, images with deep shadows, rich colors, and lots of drama.
Creating mood and atmosphere in your photography helps the viewer to connect with your images. Depending on the mood you create, it can make bring out certain emotions or memories in the viewer. It can also make your photo more tactile and realistic.
Remember that you can add emotions to your photographs by carefully choosing the color palette. A darker, colder color palette may convey fear or sadness. A brighter, warmer color palette may communicate joy, or melancholy. Add atmosphere and color to your subject matter, and you’ll see the difference.
mood also comes from the expression, not only color palette, or contrast play
Black and white photography is a great way to create moody photos, this time I chose mainly color to show the difference it creates in the mood . Well if you have followed me for a long time you know I really like portraits in B&W, in these sets I have couple in both ways, pointing it out in case you didn’t notice. They have a slightly different mood. In the last post I said I like to shoot with side light… well now I know why, mood. I always try to add mood to the equation. Hope you enjoyed the visit.
I invite you to join us this week for Sofia’s Mood challenge.
29 thoughts on “Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #248—mood”
Wow! These photos did affect my mood. Powerful.
If so, I am happy to hear that, hopefully uplifting 😊
Unbeatable examples of mood. Just outstanding!
Thanks for outstanding 😊Janet
I love these. Your portraits are especially wonderful
Thanks Nora, I’m glad you enjoyed them, I enjoyed taking them
What a post, Ritva! Wonderful photos, all of them. You organised them perfectly in to galleries. A joy to see and be inspired.
Thanks Sofia, glad you enjoyed them and inspired is a bonus
Wonderfully organised galleries Ritva 👍😀
Thanks, me organized, I like the idea of that😀
Lovely as always Ritva. I particularly liked the portraits of the children, and your moody ocean scene
Thanks Tina, portraits are always fun
What a great collection.
Great great photos as always, Rita. LOVE the big format banner shot.
Thanks John, the seascape is one of my favorite shots for sure.
Yet another beautiful set! It’s all about the light, as you say. But when it comes to portraits, that is just part of the story; the subject is the rest.
Thank you 🙂 Light, yes that is the thing and how to compose around it.
Wow Ritva, you have so many stunning photos in this post – it was worth a second look!
Thanks, second look, I appreciate that 🙂
(I know you know but…) Your galleries are always favorites of mine, Ritva. I particularly like how you gave us both color, and black and white to compare the portraits. And the kids by the campfire generates lots of moods. Lots of stories in that photo alone. Always a pleasure.
Thanks so much for your appreciation for my photos Donna! I found this comment for some reason in my spam folder… Good thing I checked,
hmmm. WP strikes again. lol. When I finally discovered that spam folder I was sad I had missed a few. It happens.
You are welcome.
Wonderful mood setting photography Ritva!
Thanks Anne, ❤
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