Focus on the Light

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

While taking a photo aimed at the sun usually doesn’t work, paying attention to the light can be the difference between a great photo, and one that falls flat. It doesn’t matter what you use to take a photograph with, whether you use a DSLR camera or your cell phone, the light matters. From shadows on someone’s face to an overexposed photo, the light matters.

Whenever someone asks me what to do in order to take a great photo, I always tell them three things. The first is to pay attention to the light. The second is what you have in the frame is what you get in the photo. Too often I see people take photos where the subject is super small, and little attention is paid to what is actually in the shot. The third is there is nothing wrong with taking multiple photos until you like what you see in the shot. In the age of digital cameras, you can take as many photos as your storage will take. If you take a photo, and you don’t like it, then delete it then try again.

These photos I took back when all of the trees were blooming in Charlotte. I love the close up one, but I also love the one with the city in the background. I couldn’t decide which photo to start with. I ended up going with the close up because I liked how the details of it turned out. The trees bloom only once a year, but when they do it changes the entire landscape. I try to get out as often as I can and capture as many blooms on my camera as possible.


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