This week we explore the importance of light as a photographic necessity and as a subject.
Without light, photography could not exist, indeed our vision would not work too well either :) In fact the whole conceptual premise of photography is based upon the use of light.
Light can come from a range of different sources and possess different qualities.
Natural or artificial, direct or reflected, white or coloured and the list goes on. It is important to understand the nature of the light source you intend to use when shooting.
Obviously natural light is more difficult to control than artificial light.
It's wise to understand that during the hours of dawn and dusk, otherwise known as the golden and blue hours, the intensity of the light changes very quickly, becoming softer in the evenings and brighter in the mornings. It pays to have your equipment ready with your tripod set up before the light begins to change. Your reward will be the ability to capture beautiful colours and shapes not available at any other time of the day.
It is also important to understand the quality of your light sources. As you know, light moves, so if you're shooting something stationary, you need to consider how much time you have the before the light moves off your subject.
Featuring light in your images is a sure way to improve your practice. to help you along your way, my top tips are:
- Understand the nature of your light source- will it move off your subject? Will the intensity change?
- Be on the look out for ways to incorporate light creatively. As a focal point, backlighting, coloured reflections and the list goes on.
- Low light conditions require a tripod, slow shutter speeds and/or a faster ISO speed.