01 Light is ev­ery­thing

The best sub­ject in the world isn’t worth shoot­ing if the light is bad

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We all know that shoot­ing in great light is crit­i­cal, and it is one of the most com­mon ideas taught by pho­tog­ra­phy in­struc­tors around the world. How­ever, it is still one of the most dif­fi­cult con­cepts to truly grasp the im­por­tance of. I still find my­self amazed at how much light af­fects pho­to­graphic suc­cess. Light is ev­ery­thing! If I were asked whether I would rather shoot a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion in aver­age light or a bor­ing lo­ca­tion in amaz­ing light, the an­swer is easy: amaz­ing light ev­ery time. It re­ally is the most im­por­tant el­e­ment of pho­tog­ra­phy. Learn­ing to recog­nise great light when it is at its best will help your pho­tog­ra­phy more then you can pos­si­bly imag­ine.

The main idea is al­ways to go and shoot in the early morn­ing and late evening. Al­ways start shoot­ing be­fore the sun comes up and af­ter it goes down. Some of the best light is present be­fore the sun ap­pears and af­ter it sets. If you can head out shoot­ing dur­ing these times on a reg­u­lar ba­sis you will start to cre­ate much bet­ter im­ages us­ing this idea alone. It is also very im­por­tant to start notic­ing dif­fer­ent types of light and how each one af­fects your im­ages.

EX­PO­SURE 1/6 sec, f/14, ISO200 LENS Nikon AF 20mm f/2.8D

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