Capture more emotion in your images

This month we’re exploring new ways to capture authentic emotions. The aim is to help you enhance your images and form deeper connections with your viewers.

A good place to begin is learning how to focus on your subject’s eyes as these express how somebody is feeling. A sideways glance, a raised eyebrow or tears of joy can make great shots. But emotions can also be conveyed by other features such as the tension in an athlete’s muscles, two hands in a loving embrace or an excited dancer waving their arms at a music festival. Focusing on small details can help you home in on human emotions, but when you want to capture the feeling of a room, city or beach it can help to shoot wide. 


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Capturing human emotion

Human emotions don’t follow any set rules – they’re spontaneous and based on what someone is feeling - so having your camera close to hand is one of the first rules of capturing them.

Unplanned shots can give you great results. Try shooting spontaneously when your subject’s not expecting it – or press the shutter just after they think you’ve taken a shot. They’ll look far more natural and relaxed.

Always have your camera at the ready to capture your friend bursting into fits of giggles, nervously watching their football team on the brink of an equaliser or excitedly getting ready for a big night out. These are life’s most beautiful, emotional and honest moments.


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Capturing the emotion of a place or scene

Emotion can come from places as well as people. A windswept beach, night-time city streets or a misty sunrise can evoke powerful feelings. If you’re shooting somewhere you can return to, try to photograph it on different days to capture different moods. The same room, street or landscape will feel different depending on the weather, the light and how you feel. An empty railway station may offer a feeling of anticipation, a beach after a storm might convey a sense of ravaged relief, while empty city streets may express a sense of loneliness or awe.

Whether you’re shooting to share your images or simply for yourself, our tutorials will help you capture moods and feelings more effectively.