O'Reilly logo

Photographing Children Photo Workshop, Second Edition by Ginny Felch

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

9781118024539-co0301.tif

©Mary Schannen / www.melangephoto.com

Chapter 3: Seeing the Light

Learning to See Light

Available Light

The Sweet Light: Dawn and Twilight

Using Reflections and Shadows

Photographing in Fog or with Overcast Skies

Finding Contouring Light

Using Soft Window Light

Knowing When to Compromise

Learning to see light not only improves the way your photos look, but it also (and more importantly) changes how your photographs feel. Used correctly, light can add an emotional element to an otherwise ordinary photograph.

To create dramatic and sensitive photographs, you must simply fall in love with light. Slow down and look at the light around you, right now, this minute. Perhaps you are near a window with diffused light spilling into the room. Or perhaps you are reading by the soft glow of a table lamp. Look at the objects in the room and see how their shadows are cast by the angle of the light falling on them. Once you start noticing, you will begin to see the effect of light everywhere you go. It changes your life, whether you have a camera in hand or not. You begin to see how light reveals itself in a soft glow or diagonally, illuminating the shapes and forms of everything before you. You see the light manifest mood, drama, and dreaminess. You might notice how warm, afternoon light tends to exaggerate color, while the light of dawn, just before the sun crests the horizon, tends to diminish ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required