Light

Working with Light.

Photography is all about the light. We all know that without light we would not have photography, or any other visual sensation for that matter. In photography, sometimes we fall short of having enough or the right amount of light. So this is when post processing gives me the opportunity to correct my photo, and give it the light I was envisioning when I took the picture.

Before and After

The photos above are an example of putting my vision into effect. The top photo (original), was taken around mid-day. The sign was on the north side of the building in the shadows. When I saw this sign with the spot light fixture above it, my mind saw this light on at night, and shining on the sign. I knew I could re-create the look without having to go back at night to re-shoot the image. So, in my post processing I sent the image to photoshop and strategically placed the light where I  had envisioned it, (bottom photo).

This is a fairly simple technique, yet can add a little drama to an otherwise plain image. Learning a few simple photoshop techniques can help in giving your images more sparkle and life. Try it. 

Understanding Light in Photography.

The second we open our eyes in the morning, we are using light to make sense of the world as we see it. In photography, light is essential to making a photo communicate to our viewers. the soft light upon a newborns face, the dramatic light of a soldier in the field, the early light of a sunrise through the forest canopy. The way we use this light will define our "photo story".

Ask yourself, what is it I want to capture, and what would be the best light to accomplish this. There are many resources today, that can give you insight into how light works in photography, and I suggest that you study some of these sources. (I have listed a few favorites below.) Even more important, open your eyes in a new way, to what light does. Look at the world and ask yourself questions like, what is causing that light, where is it coming from, what is the color of the light, how long will it last... and more. Become a "follower of light" and I guarantee that your photographs will start to take on a life of there own!

To get great photographs, you need great light.

Dan