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 can possibly get?”
Wow that’s a loaded question. I pondered it carefully. I tried to remember when I first began making photographs and what problems I had. And while there are many areas I could focus on, I’d say the most important is light.
So my answer is this…
If you’re just starting out as photographer, and you want to improve your chances that each photograph will “come out,” always keep the light at your back. That way, your subject will be illuminated and your camera has the best chance of doing it’s job properly.
Keep the light at your back. That’s the one tip I’d give brand new photographers.