It is an epiphany for a photographer when he or she starts noticing the light. And in particular:
- What is the light? One source or multiple sources?
- Which direction or directions is the light coming from?
- What colour or colours?
- How hard or soft?
Look at this picture of Saturday’s wedding:
I did the following:
Look for the flowers. Decide to aim the subjects away from the sun; for three reasons:
- You get a nice hair light.
- They do not squint.
- You get great shadows in front of the subjects!
Of course the subjects would now be dark, what with the sun behind them. So I would need a heck of a large reflector – or, as was the case here, a strobe with an umbrella, fired with a pocketwizard. I only had one strobe available (don’t ask: shortage of pocketwizard-strobe cables), but one strobe was enough.
Light is fun, as yesterday’s photo of the little girl also shows, right? My tip today: Always, always try to see where the light is.