The Importance of Light in Photography
- By: Nate Kay
Light is probably the most important thing to think about when trying to take a great photograph. When taking pictures, it is critical at times to be in the right place at the right time to get the perfect light, especially when you’re dealing with the sunrise or sunset.
Tim Smalley recently put together an example that demonstrates the changes in light in less than 10 minutes while shooting a sunrise landscape photo. The images are jpgs straight from the camera with no processing done and each one using the same graduated filter.
Pretty amazing to see how quickly light can change in a matter of minutes. This example emphasizes the importance of setting up your shot ahead of time and making sure you have the ideal settings ready to get the photo you want. Doing simple tests like Tim did here can help you understand the importance of light in photography and help you become a better photographer.