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How to Bring Humor Into Your Photography

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Photography can evoke a wide range of emotions. It can make you cry, think or laugh.

Adding humor into photos is not easy to do, but it’s far from impossible. If you want to capture photos with a high comedy element, here are some tips that will get you to do just that.

Observe What’s Around You

Funny photo opps are all around you. You just have to be in the right place at the right time. Animals are a constant source of comedy known for their funny expressions and body language. There are also plenty of fun events and parties that are bound to have their share of humorous situations.

Be Prepared to Capture Shots

Funny moments come and go and you have to be on your toes to catch them. A fast shutter speed will help you take sharp photos at unexpected moments. Also, be sure to adjust your ISO for existing light conditions.

Take a few test shots before beginning your shoot to ensure your settings are correct. Then let go and have fun with it.

Play Around with Composition

Composition can be used to your advantage to get a laugh. One idea is to create the illusion of continuation. For example, you may be able to position a camera so it looks as if a building is being worn as a hat.

You can also pose our subjects to make it seem as if a human has lost a body part, such as a head, and is still functioning.


Props can be used to make photos funnier. For instance, you can have your subject put on a funny nose or outfit to create a scene that’s sure to put a smile on viewers’ faces.

Present Unique Concepts

The concept of your photo may also add a sense of humor. Try dressing your subject up as a superhero and then have them do something evil. Alternately, you may have your subject dress up as a supervillain, such as Venom, and take pictures of them sitting in the park eating ice cream.

You can also literally recreate metaphors such as busy as a bee, anger bottled up inside or all the world’s a stage.

Conceptual photography tricks can also be added in editing. You may produce the image of levitation, human cloning or shrinking to get the desired effect.

Use Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition involves placing various objects together to emphasize their differences. It can be used in street photography to point out how culture sets people apart. For a more humorous take, try placing unlikely objects together in a still life.

Be Respectful

Not everyone shares the same sense of humor and what you think is funny may not be amusing to others. While you can’t win them all, you will want to be especially careful not to offend anyone with your photography. Think of religions, cultures and political views to make sure you won’t end up hurting anyone’s feelings or creating controversy with your images…unless that’s your intention.

If you are not sure if your photos are going to be offensive, show them to a friend or relative to get their opinion.

Adding humor to photography can be a lot of fun. Think of amusing visuals, creating concepts or just keep an eye out for comedic situations going on around you. You are sure to get a batch of funny photos before you know it.

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