In Focus: Photographs should evoke emotion - from tears to joy

John Watson took these images during a heritage walk around the city, and its waterways
John Watson took these images during a heritage walk around the city, and its waterways

The new theme of heritage has certainly captured your imaginations.

We have been receiving some great entries from across our heritage-steeped city. As I wandered around the city with my camera yesterday, I noticed memorials I had never noticed before, for blacksmiths, and references to our Little Mesters.

Dearne Valley Ramblers members walked  along the waterways of Sheffield

Dearne Valley Ramblers members walked along the waterways of Sheffield

Its important we remember the people who created our heritage which is why I wanted to mention how a picture should evoke emotion.

It is easy to snap away, but to create happiness or make someone laugh, or even to bring someone to tears with your image is powerful. A picture should always tell a story.

As I looked back over the entries for our last competition with a colleague a lot of our entries did just that. They triggered an emotion.

Harrison Cameras team will be looking over the entries over the next couple of weeks before we announce the winners.

Along with walking, John Watson takes photographs as a hobby

Along with walking, John Watson takes photographs as a hobby

As you can appreciate it is not a process to be rushed as there were almost 200 entries.

Our heritage theme will run for another couple of weeks so I can publish more.

The prize is a voucher for Harrison Cameras.

If you want to email us for tips we can try and answer your questions next week.

This historical trail fits in perfectly with the theme of heritage

This historical trail fits in perfectly with the theme of heritage

Prepare to get high and low for shots by Simon Harrison

Here’s some shooting tips for this month’s competition focusing on the subject of heritage.

The rule of thirds is extremely important when it comes to taking good photographs.

The rule of thirds is all about taking a step back and evaluating your composition.

Try to position your subject at a point which is one third from the edge of the frame.

If you’re stuck in the same, classic face-on photography pose, then that could be one of the ways you are going wrong and can make improvements. You need to be prepared to get both high and low for the sake of taking fabulous photos.

It’s important to make sure that your subject is well lit.

On bright sunny days, always be aware of the light.

Shooting directly into it will darken out your subject but can achieve artistic-looking silhouettes.

However, shooting under the midday sun can create unsightly shadows under the eyes.

Cloudy days may seem a little bit miserable to most of us, but they’re ideal for portrait shoots as the light is less harsh.

Try to keep your horizons straight, as a tilted horizon in the backdrop can have a negative impact on the photo.

Remember that practice makes perfect.