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Developing an “intuition” for light

Photography essentially is known as capturing light. Fortunately we as photographers gets to decide on what is best to be expose with the 3"x2" sensor inside our camera and intuition is what helps us to decide. Perfecting this skill allow us to craft our visual perception and shaping reality through lenses. It would be safe to say that light is everything and with the absence of light there will be no photograph.


Light changes everything. It changes how we perceive things, change the shape of an object through the way they reflect. They can emphasize or hide the details or the structure of a building or product. Depending on how light is used, it can even change the mood of an environment or surrounding ambient. Therefore learning how to read light is an essential skill as a professional photographer. The sooner you learn how to read light, the sooner you will be a better photographer. Even better if you are able to predict or pre visualise the changes of light. It will help you to make better lighting decision when on location shoot.


Some tips for beginners to get started. Start with observing how light changes the appearance of a stationary object. From there learn the relationship between how the object is reflected when the angle of light changes and take note on the other factors such as changes to its mood, appearances, shapes, etc. Once you have mastered this skill you will be able to plan, modify and manipulate lights with a little practice using constant light from your house or even speedlights if you have any at home. It is an essential skill to have if you wish to learn how to develop an intuition to shoot quality photograph under your control.

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