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I think you are going in the wrong direction, a picture with an obvious element missing draws attention to the fact that element is missing and you'll have a really hard time going from "missing child" to "fun" :-) If you can't get a child to model for you an adult sitting on the swing with a playful expression can look very "fun" - if you can't get a model ...


Of course they can. They can change the world. Here's one that did both:


To some extent, as others have noted, "power" and "splendor" do mean different things to different people. But to some extent, we do mean more or less the same thing by them, or we wouldn't mostly use the same words to discuss what we mean. Here are a few composition tips that can give a sense of power or splendor. (1) Physical largeness speaks to power, ...


Create a nice and aesthetic environment which waits for the child who is just about to arrive. Don't try to capture happiness showing sometime after, without the kid. This should put a happiness in a very near future. You could use some welcoming signs as well. Use warm colors, bright lights, softer contrasts and lower picture temperature. You can also use ...


I think the advantage that you're seeing is that video has the opportunity to setup the context for the viewer that will later be used to evoke emotion that photos cannot do. For example, had I seen a single frame from the ending of the movie The Blind Side where he's being drafted I wouldn't care in the slightest, but after having seen the movie I knew the ...


Very context dependant: Monochrome is often used to ennhance such effects. Add high contrast to monochrome. In some context poor focus or purposeful blurring assists. Maybe a funeral procession or drawing you in to be part of what is happening. Dim and dingy and sidelit and available light and high window and flickering candles etc etc etc .... all help ...


How about shooting from a low angle, perhaps almost under the swing? Imagine you were able to capture the moment from under the person as they leaped off the swing. Creative use of motion blur can imply movement, some direct lens flare implies a happy, sunny day, and the bottom of the doll can simulate the dark form of a person jumping off.


Power I think it is more about the context of the image. Take a look at any "most powerful images for year 20xx" and you will see the context and how it plays the part. For example, a little girl crying with the destructive path of a tornado in the background would evoke certain emotions from most people. Another example would be after the recent Haiti ...


This one most likely did: I agree with @tenmiles that it's all about context. What makes people emotional are stories, and it's hard for a single frame to tell enough of a story. But it's possible.


I think lighting could be an important part to this equation. in general, high-key images are much more bright and happy than a "normal" exposure or something low-key (which would likely create a more negative mood).

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