Today in photojournalism we learned that capturing emotion in a photo makes quite the difference to the meaning of that photo. Emotion brings out that extra element that can connect to a viewer depending on if the emotion of the photo and the emotion of the viewer match. Emotion can bring out a bland, basic picture, and make it shine with all new meaning. There are many ways to achieve this emotion. For example, one must realize their mood before spontaneously snapping away. By deciding what mood you are in before you start taking pictures, you can see how your photos are going to turn out. If you are in a happy mood, aim for happy subjects that will bring out this emotion. Same goes for all other emotions. Another way to depict emotion is to tighten the shot and focus in on the little things of a big picture. By doing so, one can reveal the emotion of that one area that fills the frame and form a relationship. If one were to take a large, wide shot of a city, one would miss the little things that could bring out the emotion. Another tip to use to reveal emotion in photography is to capture the faces of people in the photograph, for obvious reasons. By focusing in on the main source of emotion, one can obviously feed off of the emotion the person in the picture is portraying. Absorb your surroundings. By doing this you can take in the feel of your surrounds and think through what kind of picture you are going to take. Mindlessly taking pictures without thought are not nearly as meaningful as a few thought through, thorough pictures. Return, if possible, to a subject you shot on a previous day. You might be feeling different on the return and this could reveal a whole new emotion never imagined in your setting.
This picture is an example filled with emotion. The photographer has filled the frame with the girl which is key to emotion.