Painting with light

Photography. The art of freezing a moment in time and making it look good. So good in fact, that people want to hang it on their walls and show it to their friends.

Many people think that photography is just picking up a camera, and pressing a button. It is so, so much more. Not only does a photographer have to have a good ‘eye’, and be able to frame shots that make sense and bring out the best in the subject, but also have to have an intimate knowledge of light, brightness, light sources, the colour of light, the depth of shadows, the angle of the sun, where the sun is in the sky, how to reflect light, manipulate light, and create light. The word photography itself means drawing with light.

This intricate intimacy with light is what can make or break a picture, a photoshoot, or a photographer.

Once you have a handle on light, you need to know how to operate your camera in manual mode so that you can use its shutterspeed, aperture, and sensor sensitivity to manipulate the image and capture the picture as you want it. A blurred background? A blurred foregound? A moving object that looks like it’s moving? You want to freeze a raindrop falling from the sky? Pretty much any way you want a picture to turn out, you control with these settings.

Once you have your shot, your job is not done. No. You take those images home, upload them onto a computer and run each image through an editing programme, making tiny adjustments on dozens of sliders to make that picture truly shine. This takes days to get the best you can out of each image.

Next time you book a photoshoot, remember, the photographer is not just pressing a button, they are painting with light.

© Georgina Ford Photography and http://www.georginafordphotography, 2018.

This was one of my very first pictures that I took on my digital DSLR camera in manual settings: a glow stick swirled around in the dark by my ever patient husband!