Light is the single most important aspect when it comes to photography. Simply put, without light, you don’t get a photo.
Therefore it’s crucial that you understand the importance of light and how that it can make or break your photo.
The Impact Of Light
To quickly understand the impact of light, look at the above image. What’s the first thing you notice? I bet it was the light shining on the floor (and therefore the shadows that form where the light is being blocked). That’s great if the photographer was trying to capture the lights and shadows as the main subject of the image. However, if the main subject of the image was meant to be the machine, it was failed in its desire because of the powerful effect of the light.
Using Light To Draw Focus
As mentioned previously, light has the ability to draw the viewers focus to certain parts of the image. This is most obvious when a subject is surrounded by darkness and only has a spotlight on them. However, light can be used in less obvious ways to draw the viewers attention and focus. Take the above image as an example. It’s the way the light reflects off the wet path which draws the eye across the image. As well as the main reflection of the sun which lies just off centre, bringing the viewers attention to land towards the middle of the image where the main subject is.
One of the most challenging environments (if not the most challenging) to take photographs in, is low light. Using a flash to create more light can often make your subject appear washed out or a reflection of the flash can draw focus from the subject. Taking a photo without a flash in low light can lead to grainy images or blurring, as seen in the image below.
These are the types of situations where a high performance camera that is perfectly designed for low light can truly make a massive difference. Watch the below quick video to see how the Lumix GH5S handles low light environments perfectly.
Most cameras will have settings that when used correctly can help you in low light. Make sure to set your ISO to a high setting. Doing this allows the camera to use as much as the available light as possible. Also, low light images are easily blurred, so if you have a tripod or mount for your camera, this is the perfect time to use it.
So whether you’re using a camera or your phone, next time you take a photo just take a second to think about how the light will affect your image. As it may well make or break your desired outcome for the photo.