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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It's that time of year again! Time for holiday fun and family gatherings.
And it's a great time to capture your family in a group portrait.
Here are some tips for shooting a great group photo:
One of the biggest new enhancements in the latest version of both Lightroom and ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is the addition of Luminance and Color range masking.
Range masking allows you to limit the area of your image that is affected by local adjustments based on a range of colors or tones within your image. And, best of all, the masking is totally non-destructive and re-editable.
All images tell a story. But it isn't always the story we want to tell.
Selective focus is a simple but powerful technique that can help you control the narrative by managing which part of your image stands out and which part doesn't. And with that, the story behind your images becomes clearer.