Look for Subtle Differences in the Light

Photographs © Rick Sammon. All rights reserved.
Canon 5D Mark II. Canon 24-105mm IS lens.

When it comes to photography, it's all about seeing the light - seeing the contrast range in the scene, seeing the quality of light, seeing the direction of light, and seeing the color of light.

Last week, I was leading a workshop to Guizhou, China. Mostly, our group was photographing the people in several remote villages.

These two photographs illustrate a subtle difference in the light.

Both of these pictures were taken in the same village – but in two different locations – in the shade on a bright, sunny day. We shot in the shad to avoid harsh shadows caused by direct sunlight.

The photograph on the left (my favorite because of the softer light) was taken in the second location, where the light was a bit softer than in the first location. Notice how the shadows are stronger in the picture on the right.

So the message here is: see the light!

Here is a behind-the-scenes shot of one of our portrait session. I just included this for fun!

Tomorrow, I'll start a week of Storytelling here on my blog - using pictures from the Sister's Meal Festival, which was one of the main reasons for going to China.

Explore the Light,