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In the Mood


June 10 Week 2 - In the Mood

Are you in the mood...the mood for some moody lighting? Well we hope so because this week is all about capturing the mood so don’t be afraid to get moody! Moodiness isn’t all about dark images, it’s about evoking a feeling, creating an emotion, telling a story in your images. It's about the light and the dark, and the shadows and contrast these create.

Playing with mood in your image can build on your narrative by adding a layer of emotion and depth. Try experimenting with different backdrops from textured concrete to simple black card. Experiment with different times of the day and see what mood is captured depending on the time. Sometimes that soft morning light or late afternoon glow can create some magical moodiness or a cosy intimacy.

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Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Experiment with darker backdrops and scenarios to add mood

  • Think about what emotion you want to convey in your image - is it calm and serene or energetic and joyful? How can you use lighting to create this feeling.

  • Take the same photos at two different times of day and see how the different lighting situations can affect the mood of your image.

These are just some starting points, please let your creative experimentation and expression run wild and interpret this theme any way you like.

How to participate

During the week of June 10-16, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_inthemood. Our inspirational mentor Hannah Argyle will be selecting her favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal

Meet your Mentor: Barbora Kurcova

Our mentor this week is an emotive story teller. Barbora Kurcova sure knows how to bring the mood to her images. Barbora, or @herinternest as you might know her, is an active member of our Creatively Squared community. I always admire Barbora’s images so I couldn’t think of a better person to mentor us through these moody waters this week.

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Barbora is a visual story teller. There is always a story to discover or a emotion to feel when you are immersed in Barbora’s world. She dances with the light and the dark, plays with movement in surprising ways and often sees beauty in the imperfect. Learn more about Barbora in her interview Getting in the mood with Barbora Kurcova.

So let's have a dreamy romance this week and get in the mood for some moody light fun…enjoy!

Earlier Event: June 3
Chase the Sun
Later Event: June 17
Light 'Em Up