Is sharpness important for a good photo? Yes and no. On the one hand, a technically perfect photo should usually be definitely sharp. No matter how interesting it may be artistically, the vagueness of plot-relevant elements will make it suitable only for an Amateur photo album. On the other hand, if a photograph is technically perfect, but lacks artistic or even Protocol value, then it is not suitable for anything at all. In other words, sharpness is important, but you should think about it only when the lighting, composition, and other fundamental aspects of the photo do not cause you difficulties.
Sharpness is one of the most overrated photographic indicators. Continue reading
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