Light. It’s what lets us take beautiful photographs. If you compared photographers to painters, then light would be our color palette and brushes.
However, it’s not as simple as just pointing your camera(even if it is an SLR) and clicking. By properly utilizing existing light, or adding your own light where necessary, you can go from taking good pictures to taking great photographs.
(Yes, the use of the word pictures first and photographs second was intentional!)
Bad lighting can make even the best composed photograph look bad – and good lighting makes the occasional fluke shot look like a masterpiece, too.
So let’s get into it!
Transform your photography with proper lighting
To utilize light to the fullest, you’ll need to have a combination of proper camera settings and utilizing lighting – either existing light or by adding your own light.
With that said, this guidebook will start with camera settings, and then move on to external light.
You’ll be able to apply what you learn from this guidebook whether you use a point and shoot camera, a mobile phone camera(most new smartphones let you tweak settings now), or a dSLR camera.