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Celebrating light!

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Every photographer knows that the word photography came from Greek and simply mean “Painting with light” but I think many don’t realize how true it is that photography is all about painting with light.

I for one, used to give all my attention to compositions, to apertures, to lines and shapes. And I must say yes, great composition and perfect aperture does give us a good photo. But when you learn how to find light and how to see light, it turns a good photo into a great photo. Light makes all the difference.

The one thing I took away from attending Jasmine’s online class 2 months ago was – finding good light. There were many other things she said during the class that were good but somehow, “finding good light” stuck with me.

From that class onwards,  whatever I shot, people, food, flowers (yeah I know, actually those are the ONLY things I shoot! :p), I paid attention to light – whether the light was soft or harsh, whether it was warm or cool and whether the shadow was long or short! Yeah, it sounds a bit crazy but it did make all the difference in my pictures. Whether a picture was flat or whether a picture looked alive, it all depended on light (and shadow)!

If you learn how to find good light and shoot confidently, that’s all you need.

… was what Jasmine said. And it is true. Very true. And the great thing about this is, you get to practice this anytime, anywhere cos light is everywhere!

Coincidentally, today’s the festival of lights – Diwali. Diwali’s probably not about celebrating light, but do allow me to celebrate light today from a photog’s perspective. Happy Diwali! :)

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Written by SE

November 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm

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  1. Yep, every workshop I have attended said the same thing. When you learn how to see good light, you can make great photos :)

    Nicholas Leong

    November 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm


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