Light is photography, light is life. It’s light that reveals and hides objects, it can create shadows and depth, or make them disappear and flatten objects. Light is the key to creating vibrant images; so knowing how light changes in intensity and quality very quickly, as well as reflective values of object is one of the hardest things to master.
Light can be hard and directional producing well-defined shadows, or it can be soft and diffused producing softer shadows; each will give you a different effect or mood in your photograph.
Hard light for example isn’t very becoming for flesh, it tends to create shadows from wrinkles and pores. Back lighting an object can accentuate colors and can also be utilized for creating silhouettes and halos. Side lighting can emphasize textures through shadows, and front lighting flattens a photo.
Leading Me Into The Light is a high contrast colorized landscape photograph of the historic Brandywine Train tracks that once carried thousands of people to the Brandywine Spring Resort every year. Today, the Western Railroad Stream train uses the tracks for tours.
Towering Clematis is a harshly lit floral nature photo that was created during a morning walk one summer day. This photograph was created because of the height the vine flowers had grown and because of how the pink and white petals of the Clematis flower blossoms glowed by the illumination of the morning sunlight against the pale blue sky.