Light as Your Subject

Photography Tip:

We all know that you need good light to capture a decent photograph, whether that is natural light or artificial light (ie, your off-camera flash, studio lighting, indoor lights at the event/party/wedding).  What we tend to forget is that light can also be one of your subjects.

Next time you are shooting, consider light as one of your subjects and see if that changes the way you shoot.

Light can stream in and create a powerful presence.


Light can cast a glowy spell on a scene.


When the sun is low, you get backlight on your subjects and the sunlight outlines your subjects.


Light can create a pattern to give depth and intricacy to an image.


Light can create a mood.  It can make you cry, bring a smile to your face or uplift you.


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  1. It’s all about light, and the absence of light.

  2. Melissa

    The light streaming in on the family, I am curious. What type of lense did you use. Was it a wide angle-telephoto? Great shot.

  3. Hi Melissa! For that shot, I used a Nikon 14mm 2.8 ED. It’s a beautiful ultra wide angle prime lens.

  4. Melissa

    Thank you, its such a wonderful shot.