Summer is a GREAT time to pull out your camera and try some new Photo Tips and Photo Exercises, how about putting your hand to Shooting Silhouettes! But be prepared to get comfortable with dark images rather than bright ones.
If you love taking photos, you may have been told at some point to look for the best light. Look through magazines and see if you can identify the light source in every photo. As your walking to the park, be aware of where the sun is and how the sun’s position affects your photos. Where would the sun land on your kids’ faces? How would you adjust yourself or them? But with all these light focused questions there is a problem. We negate the beauty in the lack of light.
Photography is always teaching me something. This year, I’ve been processing my own beliefs and barriers with the issue of light. I’ve found myself going inward and facing the fact that I’m not comfortable in the dark. Brian and I are in the midst of a couple big life changes right now, and I feel like I’m groping in the dark—trying to find my way. It’s exhausting at times. I just want to see light, and if I get a little, I want more.
But darkness has an amazing role too. The darkness isn’t just dark: it defines where the light exists. Darkness helps us see how bright the light is. As I mull these thoughts over in my heart and head, I’ve been trying to give myself freedom to shoot in the dark.