The Direction of the Light

The direction from which the light is coming is a big consideration for any photograph, but especially with close-up photography. Not only does it impact how the subject appears in the photograph, but it directs me as to where I need to position myself and the camera. It's not enough to look at a potential subject, make a photograph, and walk away on the hunt for the next image. Instead, I have to think about where the light is coming from and, thus, where I need to place the camera to make the...

Interpreting the Light

I've spent a good amount of time talking about getting a good exposure, but I don't believe that there is only one way to expose a scene. Typically, I want an exposure that provides me a full range of detail from the shadows to the highlights. The meter and the histogram can go a long way toward helping me to achieve that goal. The histogram provides me an important source of information for determining the accuracy of exposure. With it, I can not only ensure that I have the best exposure...

The Elements of Exposure

For the longest time, I was convinced it was the camera that could make me a better photographer. As my passion for photography grew, I immersed myself in countless photographic magazines and books. I drew inspiration from great photographers like William Albert Allard, Jay Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, and Gordon Parks, often scouring the caption information for insight into what camera gear these legendary photographers had used. I had the mistaken belief that if I could only...

Chasing

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