Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Photography Basics–Light

Sun And Lone Pine

The word photography is based on the Greek φῶς (photos) "light" and γραφή (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light.

As I start my second year of blogging, I thought I’d embark on a project to cover the basic concepts of photography as I see them.

The phrase drawing with light brings our attention to the importance of light in photography. It’s what is happening with the light and the scenery in the image that makes it interesting. You have to find interesting light to turn a good picture into an excellent image. Even a simple subject can be transformed by great light. It makes what I think are the best images.

Moonlight And Semi

It doesn’t have to be a sparkling sunrise or sunset. It can be artificial light or moonlight, or both. Light is the means by which you record your image.

Moonlit Mittens

Even the faintest amount of light can make a good picture. The above image was taken at Monument Valley by the light of the full moon. It took a 30 second exposure at f/8 to make this image.

So look for the most interesting light to improve your photography.

In the best light…


2 responses

  1. I think you have it, John: it’s all about light! Nice post; I enjoyed your images.


    March 8, 2011 at 16:27

  2. Great Shot, the shadows from the tree are perfect.


    March 9, 2011 at 06:21

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