Brenda, in her A Photo Study: Light article, said, “Today’s blog which is being guided by H Zehr’s, discussion of light (The Little Book of Contemplative Photography) has suggested to me that an effective study guide of photography should introduce the topic of light as part of compositional and technical topics.” And she then gave us several quotes from Zehr., including the following.
To photograph is to draw with light. To photograph is to receive and hold light; a photograph is ‘frozen light.’ Light is the essence of photography. Without light, there is no photograph.
Although from time to time, I was attracted by what light had presented to me, a lot of times when I took photos, I wasn’t thinking of light. Thanks to Brenda that from now on, I will definitely pay more attention to light.
I read Brenda’s post several times… maybe more for the purpose of looking at each of Brenda’s photos. I am amazed at all her egg photos. And I enjoy watching both videos (using egg to learn how to see light is one of them) she shared with us.
At first, I was going to photograph eggs (what else?) But it seemed to me that Brenda had already done a “complete” set of egg photos; what more to shoot? My second thought was: it would be a great learning experience if I could duplicate each of Brenda’s photos, because by doing so, I would understand light better. But would that be fun enough for me? I wasn’t sure. At the end, I decided to go with something else. A very simple object, that is. And I found one – a sake bottle.
In this exercise, Brenda asked us to “Use one or more light sources; e.g., diffused light from a window that has some sheer material or bounce light off a wall or a white poster board. A directed or ‘spot’ source can be created with a flood or spotlight in a clamp or a desk light.” Among the following photos, some were taken with diffused light, one bounce light, and some spot source. I wonder how easy it is to tell the difference (from looking at the object, not from background).
It just happened that PictureCorrect recently has published an article Photo Lighting: Things You Should Know. And in that article, I found answers to a couple of my questions 😉 But that’s only a part of the reason I mention it.
William Beem (the author of the article) said, “Some photographers get hung up on the difference between natural light and artificial light. The problem is that there’s no such thing as artificial light. It’s all electromagnetic radiation.” And he concluded that “Light is light.” I found this very interesting. It’s something I want to think more for sure.
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