3 Favorite Quotes About Finding the Right Light in Photography

By Lane Erickson, Photographer

“Essentially, what photography is, is life lit up.”  – Sam Abell

My two oldest daughters hiking together in the foothills near our home on a summer evening.  I could see the sun getting low on the horizon and envisioned the golden light would allow me to create an image reflecting exactly how I felt about the experience, light and happy.  Canon Powershot G-10; 1/25s @ f/3.5.

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”  – John Berger

Person walking into a dark tunnel, the opening behind them.  The light spilling in through the opening created a silhouette of the person but provides color and texture to the surrounding walls and floor.  This is just a moment captured in the life of one person that reflects all of our lives.  This is the essence of photography: light and time.  Canon Powershot G-10; 1/13s @ f/2.8.

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

On a backpacking trip through the Teton Range, I set up on a small hillside overlooking our camp.  My friend was in the tent with a headlamp causing it to glow with his silhouette on the tent wall.  It was night and several stars had already began to show.  Nikon D200, Tokina 12-24mm @ 19mm; 10s @ f/5.6.

When you Find the Right Light, creative photography begins!

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