Understanding light

I came across an interesting article on the subject of light that really inspired me during the week, so I posted it here thinking our group might like to read it also. As the article states, without an understanding of the qualities of light and utilizing it in capturing our images, we may not be getting the best out of our subjects, that we could.

Depending on the time of day, light can transform the appearance of surroundings, dramatically emphasizing or suppressing detail, and altering colour and apparent shape.

For the photographer, the intensity of the lighting itself is often the least important factor – it can be measured objectively with the camera’s exposure meter and duly compensated for. But most of light’s more subtle influences cannot be changed by camera settings nor can we convert hard edged, distinct shadows to softer, graduated shading or compensate for the effect light has on colours. All these are fundamental visual changes, and are much more obvious in an isolated photograph than in real life.

Light has many moods which is changing constantly, utilising and choosing the right mood for our subject can dramatically improve our photograph. ie consider shooting in the early morning or late afternoon light, instead of during the middle of the day when light is much harder.
To bring out the best in your image, try developing a conscious awareness of the many subtle effects of light, and relise how they affect the photographic image. Then learn to apply these affects creatively to our subject.

-Micheal Langford

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