Lighting as the Subject

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When you shine a spotlight on something you make it the subject. Looking at landscape paintings new and old, artists have had to decide on/recreate natural lighting that compliments their scene. In photography we have a lot of latitude especially in post-processing, to change/enhance the light in our photographs primarily by working on shadows and highlights. Lighting can be used to frame things, make them more interesting. But what if it were all about the light, what if the subject is the light?


7 responses

  1. Light is a complex subject and what makes or breaks an image.

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    November 30, 2015 at 6:20 am

  2. Yes, that the image you presented with lots of highlights and shadows is a real challenge. Sometimes you don’t have a choice when your subjects are in direct light filtered by trees and branches. LR6 seems to work well for me by reducing the highlights and increasing the shadows. But in the end it takes more work than a straight shot in shadow or direct light.


    November 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

  3. fabulous capture and love the lighting in the trees.


    November 30, 2015 at 7:32 pm

  4. I think we are naturally attracted to light, so when it is the subject or ‘highlighted,’ so to speak, we find the composition particularly beautiful. This dappled meadow is lovely!


    December 1, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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