Sometimes you will see a scene and will know that the setting is perfect – the right elements to create the perfect mood. However, the magic does not happen every time, but by simply adding some elements in your images, you can create moody images to grab the attention of your viewers.
Fog or mist
If you are at the right time at the right place, you might get fog or mist to add a sense of mystery to your photos. Imagine the dense forest in the early morning with mist hanging over the floor, or that eerie graveyard on a foggy morning.
Storm clouds create moody images
This is a good method to add mood in photos, especially landscapes. The darker, more threatening the sky, the more moody photos generally are. Remember, dreary grey skies won’t have the same effect. This is typically achieved before a storm.
Ice or snow
That lonely tree in the distance covered in ice or snow gives the viewer the feeling of being left along in the cold. Play around with snow or ice to add some extra emotion in photos.
Low light is an easy way to create moody images naturally. If you shoot as darkness falls, the results will be different because of the slow shutter speed. Remember to use your tripod to prevent lens blur.
Play around with your colour temperatures settings while shooting or change it with post processing. Tungsten can create cooler colours while sunshine generally adds a feeling of warmth. Change an image to black and white and you can turn a normal photo into a moody photo.
This generally adds a calming effect to photos, especially when you use longer exposures. It freezes the motion, adding mood to your images. A picture of waves crashing on the beach can also take your viewers back to a time when they were on the beach, hence evoking emotion.
Enhance your pictures with dew or water drops, especially close up images. That spider web or flower with water droplets will give a sense of scale to images, just adding something extra.
Sunrises and sunsets
By simply adding a rising or setting sun into your images, you are guaranteed to create emotion Not only does it set a spectacular mood, but it is difficult to take a terrible photo if you include sunshine. Whether you shoot a landscape or people, it is bound to be a winner.