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Find the Great Light First

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A few years ago, my friend, and landscape photography hero, Bill Fortney said something that really had an impact on my photography and I’m going to pass it on to you. Bill feels that the single most important thing in a shot of any kind is the quality of light, and that the quality of light is so important that he’ll search for great light first, and then once he finds that great light, he’ll find a subject—something or somebody to shoot in that wonderful light. Essentially, if the light is great, you’ll find a subject, but if you’ve found a great subject, you have to be very, very lucky for great light to just magically appear. In short: “It’s all about the light.” Once you get that, everything else falls into place. It’s deeper than it sounds.

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