Light is the heart of photography. When you capture an image, you are capturing light.
And the characteristic of that light, its personality you could say, has a dramatic impact on your final image. The features of light change with the season and throughout the day. The direction, the color, the intensity and the quality of light all vary wildly, depending of the time of day, the time of year, the weather, etc.
Understanding these changes and learning to look for lighting that will enrich your subject will take you up a notch in your photographic endeavors. Because the wrong lighting can detract from your image just as strongly as the right light can enhance it.
So, again, it’s all in the lighting….
For some interesting examples of the effect that lighting can have on your photographs, see these articles:
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f you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.
But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.