Every once in a while I get an e-mail from someone who’s just stumbled onto this blog. In the case of a recent e-mail, it came from a brand new photographer who asked: “I am just getting my first camera. What’s the one thing I should try to remember to get the best photos I […]
This is the shortest tip I’ve ever written, but may be the most important… Where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store
George Eastman said, “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
I’d like to echo Mr. Eastman’s thoughts. Pay attention to the light, and you will get great photographs. Whether it’s wildlife, landscape, travel, or any other kind of photography, light will always be your primary consideration. Without light, there is no photograph. Understanding the quality of light helps you make compelling pictures. There are three basic principles relating to light that you need to understand.
One of the most important things to understand about light is direction. Beginning photographers should concentrate on keeping the sun at their backs at all times. You can disregard this rule if you want to accomplish a special effect, such as a silhouette or a backlit subject. But for most standard portraits and action shots, positioning yourself with the sun at your back ensures that you will have good light on your subject. Eventually you will want to try side light and backlight. Continue reading
Someone asked me the other day what it was that typically attracted my eye to a photographic subject. I think they were assuming that the subject is the most important thing. My answer surprised them. It’s almost always just the light. Light is everything. The best subject in the worst light makes for a terrible […]