Photography books can spend a lot of time on light, and for good reason: it really is that important. I’m going to keep it simple so you can spend more time learning by taking photos. After you go out and take some shots, you will start to see that certain light just looks better.

Why Light Is Important

When you take a photo, you are actually capturing the light that is bouncing off of the subject. The sensor (or film) is recording the light as it enters the camera, focused through the lens. Light is important to photography because it is what’s being captured when the shutter moves out of the way and the image is created. Photographers need to know how bright the light is, as well its color and direction. Here ...

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