It’s the light.

It’s the light.

Light is one of the most important component of every photograph. As well it should be, since the root word comes from the Greek for “writing with light.” Without light, found or created, you would make no picture.

This picture is really all about the light, but it needed something to help us to understand it. That’s where the power pole and tree come into play.

You remember a picture I made last Sunday, while our football team was on the field in the dome? This was one of the first pictures I made. It is sort of a backup. I hoped to find something a little fuller and richer. In case I didn’t, I knew I had this one. That’s a thing that most working photographers do. At least the ones who work by discovery.

That should give you some insight into my thought process. Such as it is. Or, something like that.

All the rest. Well, it’s all the rest.

One of the things I don’t do on Storyteller is discuss gear. I’m thinking about that, as I try to grow this blog and website. I might change it.

I’m a big believer of gear doesn’t matter. Buy what you can afford, use it until you’ve outgrown it and either add to it with a purchase of a lens or some such. When your camera is no longer compatible with your work, replace it with something newer that helps you to grow.

But.

The photo blogs that really support themselves with advertising and sponsorships are gear-centric. That’s one reason to talk about gear. The other, more important reason, is to help you grow as photographers. I do field a lot of questions away from here about gear. I usually respond by asking a lot of questions. Questions like what do you like to photograph? If you travel, where do you go? Those questions raise other questions. They help me to narrow down your selections.

For the record, for digital work I use Sony mirrorless cameras. For film work — yes, I still shoot film — I use Leicas. I have a whole host of lenses to support each.

I have more camera bags than I could ever use. Most of my photographer friends and me are always searching for the “perfect” bag. There is no perfect bag. At best, there are situational bags. And, backpacks to carry your gear from one place to another. When, you arrive at your destination, you switch to a working bag.

Wanna buy a barely used camera bag, I ask in my best used car sellers voice.

Anyway. That’s it.

Would you like a couple of posts a week be devoted to gear and its practical applications to you, even if you aren’t a working photographer but enjoy take pictures?

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9 Replies to “The Light”

  1. I would enjoy learning more about gear, even though I am only a very practical amateur. I regularly Google photography questions and try to learn more about equipment. I’m curious. I think anything you have to say about your process is interesting. It doesn’t mean I think I can replicate it, but I might hear one thing that resonates as a tool I could use.

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      1. To “take” pictures I use a Nikon D750, but I’m sure that’s not what you were asking 😉
        To (in attempts to) “make” photographs I use: lying on the ground (looking like a looney), praying for luck, the simple re-touching software that comes with my Macbook. I even play around with the “filter” gadget on the camera of my ‘smart’phone. Just to experiment and explore.

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      2. I also make an effort to be aware of my surroundings – including other people. I have learned so much (not just technical aspects, but of “hidden” locations and wisdom from veterans who’ve done this for a long time) by simply saying excuse me, hello, thank you, and following-up with an email. I don’t know how helpful/interesting a “test case” this will be…

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  2. I’ll reply to both of your comments here. I really do want to know about your gear. You know me well enough to know that normally I don’t care. But, if I’m going to talk about gear on Storyteller once or twice a week, I want to know what you work with. So I appreciate your other comment about your Nikon D750.

    I also know, from our conversations, that we think alike about please and thank you and following up.

    Thank you for all of that.

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