Start Your Obsession with Light
The best photographers in any genre are the ones who are obsessed with light. I hope that you will join their ranks—both in terms of skill and in terms of how you look at light. To start you down the path, I encourage you to study the light around you throughout each day.
Here is a sample of observations about light I’ve made in a single day:
- In the morning, as I’m waking up, I study the color of a patch of golden sunlight on the wall of my bedroom.
- At breakfast, I examine the shape of the shadows around my coffee cup and solve the riddle, “Why are there three shadows?”
- At noon, I notice how sharp and small the shadows of pedestrians on the sidewalk have become since the sun is now straight overhead.
- On my way home, I enjoy the glare of sunlight as it skips off the asphalt and onto the metal siding of a warehouse.
- A half-hour after sunset, I call my wife, Amy, and our boys outside to see how the western clouds have turned salmon-orange and how the sky transitions from indigo high above down to turquoise at the horizon.
Yes, it’s obvious that I’m obsessed with light. I hope that you’ll start your own obsession today!