Its all about the light
I really got into photography about three years ago and one of the first things I said: “I want a DSLR that takes really nice pictures, with amazing saturated colors but I don’t need a professional camera!”. My friend told me at the time, buy a cheap camera, a good lens and learn how to capture light and thats how you will learn photography. I rolled my eyes and I stuck to my guns, light? I don’t want to be a pro, I just want to take nice pictures! Ironically, the roles are reversed now; when I get asked I preach the importance of light yet no one takes me seriously 🙂
After a year of shooting I started to notice the importance of light and after two I was convinced that its very important, now I believe its the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of the picture; its what will make me keep my camera in the bag or bring it out! The picture above is nothing spectacular when it comes to composition but it really demonstrates the importance of light; I think its an interesting photo because of the directional light. The viewer’s eyes are almost always drawn instantly to the bright & saturated areas and then they tend to explore all the other areas. I think its a lot more interesting had the whole picture been in bright sunlight!