Capturing a Captivating Image: kona027


The difference between a good image and a great image is that the great image tells a story. But how does one facilitate a story in an image? And how can you improve your photography to do the same?

@kona027‘s photography is characterized by an emotive warmth. One that makes you feel as though you’re glancing into someone’s photo album into which they glued all their favorite memories. In short, @kona027’s captures feel authentic, which is quite a rarity nowadays.

How does he do it? How does he include so much in a snapshot?

He captures an emotion.

Be it happiness, love or boredom, emotion is the most important element when taking portrait snapshots. Emotion is the binding-agent that connects people to a photograph and allows them to relate. Arguably, this is also the hardest part of photography to master. Below is a guide as to how you can improve your photography to do the same:

1. Capture movement

You will notice that all the above images feel authentic. This authenticity stems from the fact that they include movement. They are unforced and spontaneous.

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2. Don’t set up your subject

It does not take an expert to see or feel when something is posed or set-up. Capture your subject in an honest and relaxed way.

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3. Pay attention to details

Emotions are expressed through often tiny features, that you might not even notice you captured. Take for example the below photograph.

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The detail that makes the image are the streaks of sunlight that cross the subject. These convey the mood of – for example – a late Sunday morning. A warm and calm atmosphere.

4. Shoot film

Although not a rule, it does help. There is no doubt about it. Photographs taken on film just ooze nostalgia. This factor alone can create mood in an image.

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