Posts Tagged Long Exposure
What is often overlooked in photographic composition is the hidden composition; those elements of a composition which only the camera might see or which we might add or bring to life in later post production.
When I shoot film, I need to be able to see what my photograph will look like in my mind, because I can not see it on the back of a camera. And if I don't like what I see in my mind I need to know how to change it. The only way to do this well, is for camera and mind to become one. I need to be so familiar with my camera's settings and so experienced in making it capture an image, that working the camera becomes completely instinctive and transparent...
ND filters. Pointing my camera into the sun is always an exposure challenge. Add-in wanting to capture the movement of water with a long exposure and trying to keep detail in the foreground rocks (which are in the shadow of the sun), all adds to the complexity....
When I am making a photograph, light is what I look for most of all.
Composition is important, but light is what breathes life into an image.
Light adds drama, emotion and impact to a composition. Light is captivating; it can grab the viewer's eye and pull them through and around a composition in a way that a photograph, without good light, can not. Light passionately engages the viewer. Light is the heart that can make your picture beat.