How To Capture Human Emotions

We all know that humans are emotional beings. But more often than not, these emotions are removed from the image when the shutter release is being squeezed. The human subject has been reduced to nothing more than just a still-life subject in the image. How much more degrading can you get?

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Capturing Human Emotions

So how do we include the emotions into the images as well? The answer is, believe it or not, actually much simpler than most would expect. Getting the subject to show their emotions is akin to acting. How do you “feel” when you’re angry?… How do you “feel” when you’re happy?… How do you “feel” when you’re sad?… How do you “feel” with you’re pensive?… How do you “feel” when you’re sexy?… How do you “feel” when you’re excited?… How do you “feel” when you’re scared?… The lists can keep going on with more and more human emotions. The key-word here is “feel”. How you feel, and how you express your feeling will then be recorded into the image as human emotions.


For the sake of discussion, let’s take an example of a glamour shoot. The objective of a glamour shoot is to “show” how feminine and sexy the model is. Regardless how much clothes (or lack thereof) she’s wearing, the first thing that viewers would look at is her face. The face will tell the viewers what she’s feeling at the time of the shoot. If she’s got the confident look, she’s actually oozing with femininity and sexual attraction. That’s the objective of a glamour shoot.

On the other hand, if she’s looking like a scared little kitten, then the viewers will be able to “see” the fear in her eyes. Regardless of what’s she wearing at that time, the first thing that comes into mind is that she’s probably doing the shoot against her own wishes. So there goes all the femininity and sexual attraction, thrown straight out the window.

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Humans are emotional beings… Use it to your advantage, not ignore it like yesterday’s newspapers…

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