imageWired building, Kent, Connecticut © Steven Willard

“It’s all about the light.” How many times have I heard that when some photographer waxes poetic? “It’s all about the light. After all, photography means ‘writing with light’. There would be no photography without light.”

I’ll admit that light can make or break a photograph, but it’s only a component in a combination of things needed to make a successful image. How about the subject? Where would the photograph be without the subject? Or timing? Or the understanding of what makes a good photograph in the first place? Remember the Ansel Adams comment about a sharp image of a fuzzy concept? Just having good light isn’t the only thing you need.

Now, having gotten that off my chest, if one finds a strong graphic subject in dramatic light, you are well on your way to a successful photograph. Just my opinion.

Canon G10 processed with Photoshop CS4 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 on my iMac and Snapseed on my iPad Air.


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