How To Capture Mood In Your Photos

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

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What Is Mood?

Mood essentially relates to the lighting in a shot. Giving something mood usually carries we are trying to make it dark and brooding – making it moody. But mood can relate to any lighting situation, to give your photo any mood/passion.

For landscape photography, mood usually relates to the weather. A cloudy, unsettled day will create mood in a way most of us expect it to be – dark and brooding. Although the facing, where streaks of sun break through cloud to shine light on parts of the green landscape are equally as good, it's just the mood/fervour is different. 



To take good moody landscapes, you're going to need a tripod as dark days may be good for the lan of shot you're trying to create but the lack of light can lead to slower shutter speeds and working without a tripod can evolve in shake. 


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Be Patient

This type of photography requires patience. To get the best guesses, you need to wait until there is a break in the weather to get some really interesting lighting effects from the turbulent sky. Of course, mood may refer to: Mood (psychology), a relatively long lasting emotional state Grammatical mood, one of a set of morphologically doesn't possess to be cloudy, but with landscapes, it's more of a challenge to portray mood on bright, sunny, cloudless days. 

When the right unclear does arrive, work quickly as it can be gone again before you know it. The key to this is always to be ready, having your gear out and framing in-mind ahead of the right light does show its face. 

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Be Prepared

Check the weather forecast the night before as there's no implication heading out if you find the weather isn't going to be right. You also need to have the right type of location as you'll find some points will work better in dark, moody shots than others. 


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Metamorphose Your Shots

Black and white is another way to create mood in your photography. Taking photos of a gnarly tree, for example, in black and chaste will look so much more foreboding than a shot in colour. You can shoot black and white in-camera although, if you shoot in colour, you can transform your shots to black and white in your chosen editing software, giving you more control over the tones, highlights and shadows in the encouragement.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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