Photography & Light
For those who don't know- LA Photography is a published concert photographer. I have photographed and had the pleasure of working with bands from Europe, America and Australia and am grateful to some of those bands who have shared my work globally.
Great photography is not about having a fancy DSLR camera. Great photography is about learning how your camera works but more importantly, understanding THE LAWS OF LIGHT. It just so happens since I study Science also which includes a component of Physics. This allows me to have a unique understanding about how light works.
I know of concert photographers who believe the best way to take a concert photo is "to keep snapping and hopefully I get a good shot". In concert photography, I only have THREE songs to be able to produce professional results. Since most songs are around 2- 3 minutes long, that means I have about 10 minutes to produce professional images of all band members. If my work is going to be shared globally by these bands- I want to make sure it is the best possible work I can achieve.
It is well known that many photographers have trouble with thick blue and red lighting. However- there are ways around it if you understand light!
I can produce images such as the below without having to make it black and white because I actually understand light. I actually understand the Kelvin scale. Put simply and to give others a hint: red represents hot, blue represents cold. You can work it out from there.
A common request from many clients is they want the nice blue sky. Again, this requires knowledge about light and where to shoot in terms of the location of the sun.
If you are going to be shooting towards the sun, you will most likely achieve silhoette type portraits or depending on your camera, portraits that are simply quite blotchy in nature due to the exposure.
You are also most likely going to have unwanted dark shadows in the image. This needs to be worked around using tools such as having the use of reflectors to avoid them.
Silhoette images are very popular- however no matter how fancy your DSLR, you will not achieve them in auto mode. It requires an adjusting of camera settings which can only be done in manual mode. It requires an understanding of how to manipulate the light and colour around.
A gorgeous sunset with these stunning colours also requires knowledge of how your camera works. It cannot be produced just because you have a fancy camera.
I have a Nikon D4 and I had to adjust the settings in order to achieve this image. When you know the look you are wanting to achieve, YOU tell the camera what to do.
Location: Rainbow Beach, QLD.
Creative black and white portraits cannot be achieved in auto mode- again even with a fancy DSLR. You need to know how light and shade works, you need to know about direction of light.
In summary- don't go out and buy a fancy DSLR because you think that is what will make great photography. Especially if you're not going to take the time to learn about how it works and how light works because you can't learn photography properly without understanding light.
Instead use what you already own, and learn about the LAWS of light.
Photography is less about the camera, and more about light.
My clients hire me because they know most people even with a better DSLR do not know how to use them properly, even though most of my clients have friends with fancy DSLR's- including the Canon Mark III 5D.
No matter how good your camera is- by not understanding how to work with the LAWS OF LIGHT your results will let you down and you will be one of many looking at your camera wondering what IT is doing wrong because you were told by the sales person it is an amazing camera with great capabilities.
Photography is less about the camera- and more about the light available and manipulation of the light available to you. If you don't understand the physics of light, having a better DSLR will not further your photography as much as you would like it to.