Photography is an art of its own kind. For each photo that we take, there is a story and a purpose behind it. Lighting is a great part of how we decide to create our work of art. If we’re feeling gloomy and lonely, a low light or dark photo is the way to go. If we’re looking to create a mood of happiness and bliss, sunshine and brightness will set the tone. If we’re feeling extra creative and mysterious, a long exposure is alway a good choice. Whichever mood we decide to take, a source of lighting has to stand behind it. Here are my top three forms of lighting for creating a moody photo.


Natural Lighting for Bliss

Natural light photography is a great way to set your photography moods to show bliss and happiness. The great thing about natural light is that you don’t have control over the lighting, which makes the photos more authentic. Sunlight can create bright and beautiful in photos that show off happiness. Cloudy and rainy days are great for showing off photos of emotion. The natural light will help you create photos of various emotions without the hassle of your lens. You will take the photos as they are naturally given, to enhance the beauty of mother nature.


Low Light Setting for Gloom

When taking photos at low light, you are telling your camera to create a photo filled with darkness. This creates a mood set for gloominess and mystery. This light allows you to create a photo filled with questionable thoughts, emotion and darkness, yet create a work of art. Try adding the flash to snap photos that will enhance the center product of your photo, allowing it to stand out in the darkness. Also, remember to play around with the RAW setting on your camera as it will balance out the white space and lighting of your photo.


Long Exposure for Modern and Mystical

Long exposure creates an image that is unlike no other. It takes real practice and patience with these types of photos. For starters, they work best when an image is moving, such as a car. Begin by using a slow shutter speed setting and hold down your shutter speed for at least anywhere between 3-5 seconds. The key to these photos is to run the shutter speed for a longer period of time in order for it to catch the image. These photos will create a variety of light, balance, and contrast.