Photography has affected our lives greatly. It recorded the scenes in history that have touched us all. Priceless memories were saved thanks to photography, this art of light.
Photography is the science of capturing light onto a piece, which we find captivating, amusing, or thought provoking. It has helped us capture memories for over a century now. It can also get to be a very complex subject because before you understand photography you must understand light.
Without light, photography wouldn’t exist. To understand why light is important to a photograph, you must understand how an image is captured onto film. The film placed in the camera is photosensitive material, which means “a material sensible to light”. Film is basically material that reacts in a way that when light rays hit it, an image forms.
Light comes in a variety of forms.
A) Sunlight is natural light that comes from the sun and cannot be created by people. It can be manipulated through the time of day, affecting that quality of a photo.
B) Overcast skylight is related to sunlight, but it is different in many ways. It doesn’t create harsh shadows because the clouds are blocking the sun, giving a dramatic look to photographs.
And finally, C) artificial light is the toughest type, because unless you have incredibly bright searchlights, a reasonably fast lens, and a tripod, you might get a good exposure.
Photography starts with an inspiration, and its quality is determined through the final product. The process of photography is to be taken seriously, from beginning to end.