When taking pictures, we can talk about composition, the rule of thirds, lighting, and deconstruct literally every element of a photo until the end of time. At the end of the day though, when we are taking pictures – success comes when you can garner emotion from the viewer. So, the question you should be asking when taking photos is whether or not the scene will have an emotional impact. It doesn’t matter where that emotional impact comes from…it can be external (other people who see your photo), personal (elicits an emotional impact for yo), or a combination of both.
The point is that pictures should have meaning whether personal or for those whom you share it with. An event photographer should be able to capture the emotions of the event so that attendees can connect with the images. A portrait photographer should be able to capture the emotion of their subject. A landscape photographer needs to induce emotion from the scenery they encounter. Similar sentiments hold for every genre out there, wildlife photographers, street photographers, architecture, product, pet photography and more. Some genres can be more challenging than others, but the end goal is to capture the viewers emotion.
With that in mind, here’s just a few photos to give you some creative guidance in a couple genres that I’ve worked in and around over the course of the last decade. Have a great weekend and keep on shooting!