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Photo Composition tip for creating emotion

Framing and composition are important when making photographs.  They have an impact on where you look in the picture and whether you linger to examine it more closely or simply glance at it and move on.  Beyond that, they can have an impact on emotional content.  So here's a tip on making better compositions when you wan to say something with a photograph.

If you look at the photograph above, you see a captured moment of a couple sharing a life event.  There is a sense of connectedness, and of the individuals. 

Now look at this second photograph.  In this one, without seeing faces, the composition forces the viewer to look at the gesture of the man holding the woman.  And it also forces the viewer to look more closely at what they are wearing, and the bag she is holding.

Which one has more emotion?  I would suggest that the photograph of their torso does.  Rather than being a snapshot of two individuals, this composition makes for a more universal image.  And as such, has more intimacy and emotion.

 Next time you are out shooting photographs, try experimenting with composition to illicit an emotional response.

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