A photography enthusiast, Benjamin (Ben) Perlin prefers using film cameras and enjoys exploring traditional darkroom techniques. When taking photos, Benjamin Perlin seeks to capture ephemeral moments that convey a fleeting mood or expression.
At the center of creating mood in photography is lighting. For example, when capturing outdoor scenes, dramatic effects and emotional effects can be enhanced by shifts in the weather. A frame that captures clouds moving or approaching darkness may offer a sense of foreboding, while light breaking through the clouds can evoke a mood of hope.
Taking outdoor shots with intensified mood often requires patience and a tripod. With turbulent weather conditions in play, interesting light effects that emerge will require a steady camera and slow shutter speeds to clearly capture the moment. Timing is also critical to outdoor photography. When the ideal conditions for an intended mood appear, work quickly to take that perfect shot before the specific lighting effect disappears.