Your Biggest Key to Photographic Success
This Quick Tip comes to you from our premium guide, Understanding Light: Book One.
We all know that anyone can pick up a camera and start snapping pictures.
Some of us might get lucky and create some interesting photographs using that slam bam technique – but most of us won’t.
It’s up to us to develop the skills that allow us to spot, analyze, and create interesting photographs.
Often times, these three things must be decided in a matter of milliseconds.
And, like anything else in life (that has intrinsic value), these skills will only be developed by practice.
Knowing how light works, how light influences color, how it creates shadows, and how light and shadows can be altered to create a mood in a photograph are all the first steps toward becoming a photographic artist.
Train Yourself to SEE the Characteristics of Light and Shadow
Here is your Quick Tip:
Before I reveal that to you. Let’s look at how my revelation began to affect my results…
When you’re training yourself to “see” light and shadows, do the following…
When you come upon a scene that you wish to photograph, slowly begin to squint your eyes. Doing so eliminates extraneous details and forces you to “see” the light and shadows.
As you begin to squeeze your eyes shut, the shadow areas will begin to go black first, and then the midtone areas will go dark. Finally, when you’re at a full squint, your “vision” will be limited to light and shadow.
Try it on this flower photograph! You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.