2014-08-29

We often hear photographers speak about the quality of light. What the heck does that mean? It can refer to the contrast level, which is dependent on the time of day or level of cloud cover, or it can refer to the color of light, which is often dependent on atmospheric conditions, as well as, once again, the time of day. The first image was created at twilight, after a rain. Note the blue cast, which evokes a very calm, relaxed, maybe even slightly mysterious mood. This would be considered “cool” light. “Cool” as in temperature, rather than “cool” as in the Fonz

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2014-08-29

This second image was created at sunset, as the skies cleared after a storm. Notice the warm, yellow/orange cast. It’s a much more “energetic” image, because of what would be considered “warm” light…
2014-08-29

As you can plainly see, the quality of light can greatly affect both the look and mood of your images. Something to keep in mind next time you wander with your camera.

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