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Photography is about seeing the light, the way the Grand Masters see it and what separates the great legends from the rest of us. Light or the lack there of is what stops us dead in our track and makes us take two steps back to take a lingering look at a photograph...

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Photography is about seeing the light, the way the Grand Masters see it and what separates the great legends from the rest of us. Light or the lack there of is what stops us dead in our track and makes us take two steps back to take a lingering look at a photograph...

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Light as All Around

Photography is about seeing the light, the way the Grand Masters see it and what separates the great legends from the rest of us. Light or the lack there of is what stops us dead in our track and makes us take two steps back to take a lingering look at a photograph hanging on a wall. To me, colors are just a facade – the “extras”. Peel away the colors, if a photograph is truly special, the light that grabs our attention initially should still be there.

Light as All Around

A Photograph:

I am convinced if the modern day photographer can master the subject of light and use light to convey her message just the way she intends it to, she truly has a special gift. It is that gift I so wish for, it is my only goal in the quest to be a better photographer. So very often, we snap away without spending time to compose the image, to think of the message and why we are there in the first place. We hope by snapping a few dozen shots of the same scene, one will turn out good enough and our effort will not be in vain. That is where we are all mistaken. The most valuable lesson I learned from my photography teacher was a sentence she uttered one day in class: “Timeless photos are composed, and they are often a result of great deal of planning and thinking, in setting up the shots and the placement of light.” Ask any accomplished photographer and they will tell you this cannot be more true.

Re-Learn The Basics of Photography:

The more I do photography, the more I realize I need to go back to re-learn the basics. I told myself that until I can get my head completely wrapped around the subject of light, I have barely begun going on this beautiful journey. That is photography – It is simply a story of light and light is all around. Can you see it?

Ansel Adam:

Ansel Adam (1902-1984) made over 40,000 photographs, his mastery on the photography and his medium are well chronicled in three much sought after books: “The Camera”, and “The Negative” and “The Print”. Ansel Adam developed the zone system and show us how there are shades of black and white. His books teach every student of photography that it is important to have a good grasp of one’s working medium if one wants to create timeless photography.

Dorothea Lange:

Another photography legend and my all time favorite is Dorothea Lange. Dorothea Lange is famous for her poignant and haunting photographs from the Great Depression, “The Migrant Madonna” being the most famous of all. Her use of harsh light from the mid day sun in “Migrant Cotton Picker” and “Woman of the High Plains” brought their plights and sufferings to the fore and touched our hearts . Her work often reminds me of what humanity is and what photography should really be about.

Digital Photography: Full-Frame or Reduced-Frame Sensors for DSLR Cameras

A few of the more expensive DSLR cameras are described as ‘full frame’ as the size of sensor is the same as a frame from a 35mm film camera (the rest of the DSLR cameras on the market use smaller sensors). The use of a larger sensor has a few advantages and disadvantages for potential buyers of these cameras. As the sensor of a full-frame DSLR is larger it has the potential to offer higher quality images.

DSLR cameras:

This is, however, dependent on the lens that is used in conjunction with this larger sensor. These full-frame DSLRs cannot use lenses designed for the DSLR cameras that use smaller sensors without issues or problems arising, e.g. the owner of a DSLR with a smaller sensor who wants to purchase a full-frame camera by the same manufacturer may not be able to use the lenses they already own on this model unless the lenses they have purchased were designed for full-frame sensors or 35mm film. Nikon owners may be able to place a Nikkor DX lens designed for a Nikon D300 on the full-frame Nikon D3 but will have to capture images at 5 megapixels instead of 12 megapixels. This is because lenses designed for reduced-frame sensors do not create an image big enough to cover the larger full-frame sensors.

Full-Frame Lenses:

The full-frame lenses are more expensive to build than lenses of similar quality designed for reduced-frame sensors. If a photographer aspires to owning a professional quality DSLR that uses a full-frame sensor they need to purchase wisely.

Size of the Sensor:

The size of the sensor has an impact on the magnifaction factor that a photographer will experience with the lenses they are using, e.g. a 200mm lens on a Nikon D300 magnifies the image 50% more than if the photographer uses the same lens on a full-frame Nikon D3 (a magnifaction factor of x1.5). Manufacturers often quote these magnifaction factors for assessing the equivalent focal length of lenses when used in conjunction with a camera with a reduced-frame sensor. Nikon DX is x1.5 while Olympus quote x2 for their cameras using the four-thirds system sensors. A wide – angle 24mm lens is a wide-angle 24mm lens on a camera with a full-frame sensor but becomes a not-so-wide 36mm when attached to a smaller DX sensor. This may have been a big selling point for a photographer who had not yet made the jump from film who owned a more traditional range of lenses but purchasing one of the popular ultra wide zooms designed for reduced-frame sensors gives back the angle of view that the photographer may have lost. The advantage for the owners of DSLRs with smaller sensors is that their telephoto lenses suddenly bring everything a lot closer than if they were using the same lens on a full-frame sensor.

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Photography is about seeing the light, the way the Grand Masters see it and what separates the great legends from the rest of us. Light or the lack there of is what stops us dead in our track and makes us take two steps back to take a lingering look at a photograph...

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Photography is about seeing the light, the way the Grand Masters see it and what separates the great legends from the rest of us. Light or the lack there of is what stops us dead in our track and makes us take two steps back to take a lingering look at a photograph...