Maybe you were told you should only photograph with the sun behind you. Or maybe you were told that good photographs only come during the golden hour. Worse yet, maybe you were told that the measure of a great photograph is how sharp and how little noise there is.
If that’s the case, I hate to be the bearer of bad news…
You were lied to!
There is almost nothing as important to photography as learning how to see the potential in every type of light you will encounter in the field.
Did you know?
There is a certain type of light that works best for birds and it’s completely different for mammals.
We use one type of light when we want to control chaos and clutter in our compositions, and a different type of light when we want to truly get creative.
And then there are shadows…
Shadows are not something to be removed, to be filled in, or to be “opened up.” The world’s best photographers compose with shadows to create depth, dimension, and detail that novices assume has something to do with the type of equipment they are using or their auto focus settings.
Light is the Essence of Photography.
And the only way to finally move past making cliché and mundane photographs is to master the use of light in all of its many forms.
In this book, I will teach you how to do just that – without having to spend years of frustration throwing away photographs.
Over the last decade, I have led hundreds of wildlife photography workshops all over the world for every level of photographer imaginable. And during this time, I learned one very important lesson: most people think that becoming technically perfect with their camera is going to make them a better photographer.
Of all the myths, of all the misconceptions, of all the maddingly frustrating untruths that I watch people cling to, it is this, above all else, that holds back 99% of photographers from their true potential.
Over and over, I watched and listened as participants put their hearts and souls into the things that mattered the least when it comes to getting better at this. All the emphasis was on the camera. All the emphasis was on things like noise and autofocus.
And you know what? This makes sense.
The internet is full of people making claims that this is what makes a photographer great. We all read the same headlines. We see the same marketing.
But being able to create sharp photographs, with minimal noise, and with proper exposure means only one single thing: you can walk up to the starting line.
The ability to take sharp clean photographs is the equivalent of learning how to hold and use a paintbrush.
Let’s be real here. Just because you have learned the difference between a fan and filbert brush doesn’t mean you are going to paint like Michelangelo. It doesn’t mean you can paint at all. It just means you are now ready to step up to a blank canvas.
Photography is the same way. And while knowing how to create sharp photographs is important on some level, and I have written countless articles on this topic myself, it only means you have some level of competency in using the tool in your hand. It is not going to make you a better photographer.
Everyone talks about camera settings and autofocus because that’s the easy stuff to talk about. But if you want to actually become a better photographer, a better artist, mastering the use of natural light is the first step.
As the saying goes…
“amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about composition, masters worry about light.”
Don’t just take our word for it.
In this book you will learn some very important concepts such as:
The right way to use light when we want to emphasize and saturate color naturally.
How that depth, dimension, and detail has nothing to do with your camera settings, how expensive your lens is, or how “sharp” a subject is. If we want to show off detail, we use light to do so.
How to control the perception of distracting elements in our photographs with natural light.
How shadows are perceived as solid objects in a photograph and why you are holding yourself back by not composing with them.
How we use light to create emotion
These are just a few examples. There is so much more.
If you are ready to finally elevate your photography to the next level, to move beyond obsessing over the stuff that doesn’t really matter? Then this book is for you.
“The genius of digital technology is that we have been given significant control in terms of histograms, instantaneous feedback on the LCD, and the extraordinary power of Photoshop and Lightroom. For this reason, all the emphasis is now placed on technical perfection simply because we can. Moving into the digital age, we have become surgically precise with our technique but have lost the artistry. For this reason digital photography has ushered in an age of images without soul. Photographs cease to tell stories about our subjects and instead tell stories about the superiority of our equipment and post-processing skills. This is why light is so important. Light is the one aspect of photography that the technology of our cameras cannot conquer. It’s the last frontier.”