It's Week #30: Light

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Week 30: Light


Photo: Tom O’Bryan
Week 20: Single Light Source (2015) 

Lighting is, as we all know, an integral part of photography. The word “photography,” means “writing with light”. At the more advanced levels of photography you are no longer looking around you for subjects, but rather you are looking for good light. While it is true that one basically cannot take a photo without light, light can also be manipulated to make your photos have drama, intrigue, fun, joy, tell a story and even add textures!

We often study and play with the exposure triangle to control the amount of light that reaches the camera, but there are a lot more about the subject of light that meets the eye(!). It is something every photographer should constantly play and experiment with it. Don’t get too overwhelmed, though. Find something here that speaks to you, and go out this week and try and capture it to the best that you can.


Tips and Tuts for this week:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Single Light Source album from 2015 and Lamp from 2017! And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles. 

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Extra Credit: Low Key!

For some extra credit joojoo, shoot a low-key photograph. Low-key photography is a photo that has mostly dark tones in the frame, which will usually create a more dramatic looking image. A low-key image will typically use one or two focused light sources, to selectively light a subject on an otherwise dark background. Here’s an excellent article on low-key photography to teach and inspire you to shoot some really cool low-key photos. Please note that low-key doesn’t necessarily mean under-exposed. You can have an image that’s mostly dark, but your subject can still be well-lit.

Check out The Googles for more inspiration!

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Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!
*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015