Light is the heart of photography. The camera does not see the image. For him, there are no lines, no shapes, no textures. A film or digital sensor is susceptible only to a stream of photons of a greater or lesser intensity projected by the lens on them.
Light is much more important than the subject, because, in essence, we are not able to see the subject as such, but only see the light reflected from it, which allows us to judge the properties of the subject. A novice photographer is looking for a subject for shooting, while an experienced photographer is hunting for light.
The problem is that both good (from a photographic point of view) and bad light are not always obvious to an unprepared eye. Our brain does an incredible job so that we can see the world around us in any light. People are used to this and forget that the camera is designed much more primitive than our vision, and this must be taken Continue reading
HDR is a technology that has existed for more than a year and is an adaptation of the image to the peculiarities of our eyes (the eye never sees the whole image, but “scans” its individual segments, setting the exposure for lighting, and displays those pieces that we don’t see from memory) , it brightens too contrasting scenes so that there are no too bright and too dark zones. This is usually demanded mainly in landscape photography, when it is necessary to level the earth and the sky (between them even in cloudy weather, the difference in illumination is not less than one step, and even then, if you shoot in direct light) or in rooms with poor lighting and bright light rays going from stained glass windows. The latter, in particular, is especially applicable to old temples and cathedrals – they used to be designed to be lit by natural light, and then no one thought about photographers … they simply were not there at the time of Continue reading
If you are a photographer, you have at least seven funny stories that you would rather not remember. Well, yes, it is – as it is human nature to make mistakes, so it is common for the photographer to make mistakes again and again. No matter how pragmatic we are, we still remove under the influence of our sensations, not our heads, which means we regularly break between our heads and hearts, generate internal conflicts, and then we solve them intensely. If we take into account such anti-sciences as sociology and statistics, we will get a confident list of our own bugs and errors that most face. Each of them teaches us something, some temporarily bypasses us, and we meet them in articles like this one, just so that fate would pass us by and go to another photographer to destroy his hard drive. Continue reading