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The Essential Guide to Understanding Light


Understanding Light = Better Photos

As a photographer you need to learn about light. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or a professional – light is the most important thing in your photography. Think about it: without light, your photos simply wouldn’t exist! In fact, photography literally means “drawing with light”.  

It’s no secret that light is essential to photography, and so it’s no big surprise that learning about it will help you improve.

But what is there to really understand about light? 

Well, the more you understand how light works, the better your photos will be. The more you start to see how light affects everything around you, the better your photos will be. The more you know about the different qualities of light, and how they change the look and feel of your scene, the better your photos will be. And the more you practicecontrolling light, the better your photos will be. 

It’s simple: You need to understand light if you want to become a better photographer.

But despite being so fundamental, light has actually been a pretty tricky thing to learn…until now!

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Hypnotic Photos of New York City from Above


Observing the pace and rhythm of New York City from an aerial perspective is just absolutely hypnotic. The so called “rat race” is so evident. Relentless streams of yellow taxis lining the avenues, the droves of pedestrians hastily crossing streets controlled by traffic signals, tiny figures vanishing into and emerging from the subway stations, the noise of blaring horns and sirens. It’s all so chaotic and yet rhythmic and without it, New York would not be New York. It is indeed the city that never sleeps and images shot by Navid Baraty demonstrate it.

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Brothers Share their Scenic Landscape Adventures in Finland and Other Destinations

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Drawing from their father’s enthusiasm for life, brothers Daniel and Samuel Taipale go about things pretty much like siblings would; together.  Traveling on adventures abroad or sharing peaceful and stunning views from their home in Finland, these two brothers enjoy each other’s company the way two siblings should.

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Eerie Long Exposure Photos of Human Figures Captured Against a Dark Horizon

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Patrick Lienin is a photographer and ecologist who was born near Basel, Switzerland. He subsequently grew up in Germany, and moved to America in 2012. Lienin took up Environmental Sciences at the University of Trier (Germany) and Lund University (Sweden), and pursued his doctorate studies in Landscape Ecology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He went on to work in 2012 as a professional researcher at the University of Connecticut.

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Portrait Collection Challenges the Rigid Beauty Standards that Exist Today

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Beauty will always be subjective. It will also continuously be a subject matter that will draw interest and debate. One can even argue that there is no such thing as the un-beautiful, or the ugly. This is the message at the core of Carey Fruth’s American Beauty portrait collection.

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Photographer Captures Portraits of Indigenous Peoples from Around the World Before They Disappear

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The many indigenous people from around the globe are often seen as ‘different’, and this comes as no surprise. Known as Tribal Peoples, First Peoples, Native Peoples, or Indigenous Peoples, they constitute about 5% of the world’s population. There are around 370 million Indigenous people in the world, belonging to 5,000 different groups, scattered among 90 countries worldwide, with approximately 70% of them in Asia. They are the original dwellers of this planet. Before any kind of global migration took place, indigenous people populated the various parts of the world.

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