Light Matters

Simply taking a properly exposed picture is only part of the equation. That’s not to say you can’t go around taking pictures all day long. However, you must be able to translate the story through that exposure as well. You have to be able to convey emotion by use of light, body language, angle of view, and so on (Figure 4.16).

Image

Lens (mm): 70, ISO: 400, Aperture: 5.6, Shutter: 1/80, Program: Aperture Priority

Figure 4.16. A soldier’s face is covered with sand after a 6-hour ride to the Syrian boarder. (Photo by Andy Dunaway)

My manual from the Department of Defense’s Basic Still Photography Course suggested I take pictures with the ...

Get A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the trenches with combat photographer Stacy Pearsall now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.