Week 12: Tips for "Melancholy"

Here are your weekly tips to help with capturing "Melancholy"

a year ago

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This week's feeling based challenge is a tough one. I knew coming into this week I'd have a problem capturing the emotion or feeling of melancholy. Melancholy is feeling of sadness and longing that is often associated with nostalgia and reflection. I am usually a very happy person and try to put that energy out to those around me, hence why I felt this week would be tough to find a capture.

Each week I put some research into images and tips that would benefit you. I feel like these certainly will help guide me in this week's challenge! To capture the feeling of melancholy in your photographs, here are three tips that can help.

  1. Use Soft Lighting — Soft lighting is a great way to create a melancholic atmosphere in your photographs. Instead of using harsh, direct light, try diffusing the light or shooting during the golden hour when the sun is low in the sky. This will create a warm, soft glow that can evoke a sense of nostalgia and longing.
  2. Focus on Details — Details can play a crucial role in creating a melancholic mood in your photographs. Look for small, intimate details that can tell a story or evoke a sense of nostalgia. This could be an old, weathered book, a vintage piece of clothing, or a rusted, abandoned object. By focusing on these details, you can create a sense of longing and sadness in your photographs.
  3. Experiment with Composition — Composition is another important factor when it comes to capturing the feeling of melancholy in your photographs. Try experimenting with unconventional compositions, such as using negative space, asymmetry, or unconventional angles. This can create a sense of unease or disorientation, which can contribute to the melancholic atmosphere of your photographs.

Capturing the feeling of melancholy in your photographs can be a powerful way to evoke a sense of nostalgia and reflection. By using soft lighting, focusing on details, and experimenting with composition, you can create photographs that are full of emotion and mood.

Nick Shaw

Published a year ago


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