For many years, I took bright and airy photos and I liked that style. But in the last couple of years, I’ve been gravitating more and more towards the dark and moody style. Which style do you prefer?
Photography is highly subjective. There is no right or wrong way to take or edit a photo, as we all have different tastes and different ways of expressing ourselves! I find it easier to create more interesting photos and to make certain elements pop, with the darker colors. Here are some tips if you want to try this style out:
The first thing I do when I shoot dark & moody photos is to make sure that I only have one light source. I shoot most of my photos in my living room, where I have three windows, so I usually block out the light from two of the windows so that only one of my windows is serving as the light source. I usually tame the natural light with different reflectors and for the dark and moody shots, I prefer to use a black reflector to enhance the shadows even more.
Sometimes I also underexpose my shots directly in the camera to make it easier to determine if I have the right balance between light and shadows. In the editing process afterward, I usually lower the saturation a bit. I also frequently add extra vignetting in Photoshop, just to make certain elements in the photo pop even more. You can find more details on how I edit my photos in Camera Raw in my free 5-days photography course.
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