Monday, April 25, 2016

How To Take Good Photos Anytime of The Day

Abandoned Boles-Aero Trailer - Mojave, California
Captured at 12:20 PM.
I watched a video on how to take good pictures even when the time of day would suggest that the light is bad. It could be summarized this way: you need photographic visiongood lighting exists anytime of the day or night if you look hard enough, and that if your pictures aren't good enough than you are not close enough. I strongly agree with all of those points.

Instead of trying to capture a wide seen that includes poor light, move in close and find the spots within the scene that have good light. Instead of photographing the entire building, compose an image using just one of the walls. Instead of photographing the entire landscape, compose an image using just one element (a flower, a leaf, a rock, etc.). Include in your frame only the parts of the scene that contain good light and subtract the parts that have bad light.
Do Not Disturb - Mojave, California
Captured at 3:07 PM.
These are simple concepts, but essential to it all is understanding light. You have to know what is good light and what is not good light. If you cannot read light you won't recognize what you need to do to successfully capture a scene.

The best way to learn light is to capture a lot of photographs in a lot of different light situations (experiment), and then study the results. What worked? What didn't? Why do you think that you got the results that you did? What could you do better next time? You learn by doing. "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst," said Henri Cartier-Bresson.

You shouldn't put your camera away when the light doesn't seem good because of the time of day. But you shouldn't settle for crummy pictures, either. This is when you've got to try harder, because the situation is more challenging. Limitations improve art, including light limitations, because they force you to be creative.

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