How to Control the Mood in Portraits

On this video tutorial photographer Gavin Hoey takes a look at how to control the mode of your shot using a few simple techniques.

The are lots of things which can influence the mood of a shot:

  • Pose or expression – these could have a dramatic effect on how the resulting image look as they are the best way to convey human emotions.
  • Lighting – lighting can be a good way to complement the way your model looks or express itself – a gloomy atmosphere will give you one mood while a bright and light scene might give you the exact opposite.
  • Post processing – you can enhance the general mood of the image even further by working on the image in post process.

Hoey looks at how to arrange your light and work with the model to get both a more positive upbeat, winner image and a more gloomy, sad image of his boxer model. Finally he shows how to post process both images to get this different look.

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on ourPhotography tips section and check out some of Gavin Hoey’s other videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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