The biggest thing, in my humble opinion, that will forever change your work is when you finally, truly, “see” light. Of course, we all see it all the time, but do you really look at it? Do you see how it changes the way things appear? Using great light, well, can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.
This is what I want this project 52 to be all about. Searching for and using great light. I’m not saying every week your photo has to be totally and completely amazing and jaw-dropping, because let’s face it, that doesn’t happen all the time. I just want you to always be thinking about it and use light the best you can each week.
I’m going to show you a couple photos I took while on vacation that I feel show what I’m talking about. How light, even just a little bit of it, can “make” a photo.
So this first photo, I knew I was going to use in this post after I took it. I was following my family as we walked through the village and saw that bit of light falling down to the ground in that spot that was just ahead of my husband and son. So I put my focus on that spot and waited until they stepped into it… and click! The photo I took before this one, was very blah. (I wish I had saved it, but I deleted it in camera!) In the one shown here though, the light on my son really showcases him and shows the movement in his body as he walks, which by the way, is never just a walk, it includes a lot of other movement and sometimes hopping! lol!! Any way, my point here is, “seeing” that bit of light and waiting for them to walk into it made this photo way better than it would have been. SO! Look for that light!
The other photo I wanted to share with you and talk about in this post is one I took on our flight home. The sunrise was completely amazing but couldn’t be captured justifiably through an airplane window. I was seat-hopping as the plane was rather empty and ended up in a seat behind my son while he was playing with his window and also admiring the clouds and sunrise. There was not very much light, most of the plane was dark, but sometimes having just enough light to light up your subject is amazing. I love capturing moments that don’t know they’re being captured – it’s so real.
I think with both of these photos, it shows that moving around, or maybe waiting for your subject to move, helps a lot with finding light or finding the right time to capture something. So always move around, physically, looking at a place or person from every angle. But also move those eyeballs and look for something to make your photo stand out just a little more.
I also want this project to be just about capturing life as it is. So in that respect, this project will follow suit to my last one. This is the kind of photography I love. Just capturing a moment before it’s gone and having a way to keep it forever.
Now let’s get to the details of how this will work…
I will do a blog post every Monday to kick off the new week and to give you a word (or words) of inspiration. I don’t like the idea of themes, personally, because I like to let my photos happen naturally. My daily photos last year usually just kind of fell into my lap and that’s the way I prefer it. So, you can choose to follow the word of inspiration for your weekly photo, or you can simple just follow the light. ;) This is more about seeing light than anything else. I don’t like a lot of rules when it comes to photos, I want it to be fun for you and I don’t want you to feel restricted at all possibly making it hard to finish out the project. Any way! After this initial post, I will ALSO be spotlighting one photo each week as well as showcasing a few feature photos! I will choose a total of anywhere from 5-10 images each week. I will be going through and just picking the ones that grab my attention, so please don’t have any hurt feelings if your photo isn’t chosen. I am sure they will all be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them all. :)
Posting your Photo:
In order to be considered for the weekly blog feature, your photo needs to be posted to my facebook page. If you have a facebook page of your own, I do ask that you add that link with your post so that I can add it to my blog post if your photo is chosen as a feature. I will ask that your photo be posted by 7:00 pm EST every Sunday so that I have time to get the blog post together for posting. Late submissions *may* be considered, but no promises. ;)
I’ve created a facebook group as a way to help keep us all motivated and having fun with the project. We can post our photos, chat about them, or ask questions! I want it to be a fun and safe place where anyone is comfortable to post their photo. I reserve the right to ban party-poopers from the group! ;)
Now! Let’s get this started!
The first Inspiration for the year is “Break the Rule of Thirds” … because, well, I don’t like rules. ;)