I am writing this in the most temperate climate, being in the fifty-fourth degree of North latitude. In the southern regions, the light changes much faster, both in the morning and in the evening. The Golden hour may not last an hour, but only half an hour, the darkness comes suddenly and you have to act quickly, trying to catch the light you need, and also take a pocket flashlight with you, so as not to jump on rocks in the dark, risking breaking your neck.
In the North, sixty degrees or higher, the sun moves in a gentle arc, extending the favorable time for photography. The closer the Arctic is, the more light there is in the summer. As well as mosquitoes and midges. Continue reading
Regularly photographing in natural light, it is not difficult to notice that a really good light (not abundant, but good) is a frustratingly rare phenomenon. Let’s be honest: beautiful lighting lasts no more than a couple of hours a day, and then provided that you are lucky with the weather. Every photographer who shoots mostly outdoors knows how important it is to choose the right time for shooting and how long it sometimes takes to wait for suitable weather conditions. Unfortunately, this is almost the only reliable way to create any outstanding landscape photos: first you explore a potentially photogenic place, and then you try long and hard to find it in the most favorable light. Continue reading
Why are Amateur photos so weak for the most part? First of all, because the average photographer is not aware of their weakness. This is not a problem if the snapshot function is purely Protocol. Such photos will be valuable for their author, his relatives and friends as a memory of some big or small event: a birthday, a picnic, a well-spent vacation. Trouble happens when a person, taking a camera in his hands, realizes that he is a Creator and begins to create unrestrainedly, not allowing a shadow of doubt in his own giftedness and being unshakably confident that the excess of creative energy easily compensates for the shallowness of knowledge and careless attitude to work. That is, let him create for his health, but after all, he puts it all on the Internet, insistently demanding attention and compliments. After receiving them, he begins to get carried away, and not getting-offended. Continue reading