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Sun Jul 28, 2013, 9:31 AM
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Is there really such a thing as good or bad light?

There is gorgeous light, little light, strange light, dim light, golden light, light so wonderful it makes your whole body hurt, scary light, difficult light, blueish light, morning light, evening light, light at night, light that feels like lead, the sulfuric-yellowish light shortly before a hailstorm, mixed light, the rose tinted light of Eos, the greek goddess of dawn, soft light and hard light, harsh light, artificial light, autumn light, light that tickles you in the morning and wakes you up, maybe there's even ugly light.

Isn't referring to different light situations as good or bad really an approach that keeps you from tackling challenges? One that stops you from trying to find something that makes all kinds of different light work for you? One that stops you from experimenting with light? One that might prevent you from taking that one frame with extraordinary light? One that keeps you from learning to love all sorts of light? One that makes you not even try to read the light? An approach that makes you lazy? Isn't bad light really a kind of light that you just never managed to grasp and make work on your pictures?

I once read a tip that mentioned to always walk on the shadowy side of the road, as that is the side easier to expose. Why do you go out to take photos? To come back with something that was "easy to expose"?

The term photography stems from two greek words: phos/photos (light or brightness) and graphein (to paint, write, draw, sketch). Photography uses light to paint, write, draw or sketch something, much like a painter uses colour. Do painters ever sort the colours in their palette into "good" "bad" ones?

Yes, there is tricky light, light that makes you struggle, light that challenges you, light that makes you swear, light that never comes out like you want it to, light you just don't like the look of.

Accept the light, love the light, let it lead you, read it, make mistakes and never stop learning. Name it however you like, but never use the expressions "good" or "bad light" as an easy way out. It might make you miss some of the most beautiful moments that light can give you.

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arslanalp Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
may the light be with us

great journal
marius1956 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good one!!Hug 
Black-Bolt-Ponies Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this.:meow: Excellent job!:clap:
diaryof-a-dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
all light is good light, it just depends on what you do with the image you capture!
pavboq Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Let there be light!!!
Brilliant article!
Vermontster Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So true! Thanks. :)
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I'm feeling very light-headed now :)
SilentHex96 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Never thought about it like that, but it's true. All sorts of lights give you different effects. It just depends on the kind of photo you want and the moment you take the photo. Great thoughts to share!
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent article. Thank you both of you for en·light·en·ment! :)
Batsceba Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Photographer
Thumbs Up
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
DougNZ Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Light, glorious light! Very thought provoking journal - thanks ladies :D
PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Well done Mary/Anja, and also thx (if that actually is the right thing to say at times like these)
noperson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
lovely choice of "lights"
contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Great feature! :)
MikeShawPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
There is no such thing as bad light, its a case of using what you have :)
mariomencacci Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Very interesting article, congrats!
boyrd Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Great motivation, excellent photos!
PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
YES!!!  And I would argue that with today's digital cameras, it is easier than ever to tame it!
Ikarisou Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
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