finding-the-light

Started in 2015, and now continuing on in 2016, Finding the Light is a monthly photo project focused on finding and using natural light. Each month there will be a light-themed prompt for you to follow. I will blog about each theme, sharing tips and sample images, at the beginning of each month. My hope is for this project to challenge and guide you to become better at seeing and using all types of light, and how these types of light affect our images, which will help you improve as a photographer and artist. With a new year upon us, you will find a twist in some of our themes; rather than simply a type of light, you might find a light-influenced mood, as the theme. In order to take part in this project, you’ll need to join my facebook group – Finding the Light with Erin Hensley. Please feel free to join in at anytime!

There isn’t just one type of good light. All types of light have their purpose in accentuating our subjects and stories. You don’t have to wait for a special time of the day, or year, or for a better house with better light. The “good light” is all around you, all the time, in all different forms. You just have to use it in a way that *makes* it good. It’s all in the mind and abilities of the photographer, whether the light is good or not. Think of light like clay; you mold it and form it with your settings and creativity, to make it do what you want it to do.

Light is what you make it.

~ Erin

June 2017 | Just the Light

When the light is what pulls you to grab your camera and snap a photo…   … this is theView full post »

April + May 2017 | Rim Light + Dappled Light Faves

My apologies for the late, late (late, late, late!) faves post, but here it is… err, they are. I’veView full post »

March 2017 | Side Light Faves

Amy Rushbrook‎ Brooke Alderson‎ Greenscapes Photography Kim Hildebrand Mandy Jane Dalby‎ Melissa Roselli Madden‎ MinView full post »

February 2017 | Low Light Faves

Allison Murray Ashley Marston Jennifer Blake Jenny Rosenbring Jessie Nelson Laura Pope Melanie Patric SolView full post »

January Faves | Window Light

Melissa Madden Marie-Pierre Castonguay Erin LeBron Desra Ramey Malaky Moussa Erika Venci Amy Donohue Daphne Laput ChloeView full post »

December Faves | Magic Light

Erin Mufford Sarah Boccolucci Moments by Joanna Becs Viveash Jennifer McDowell Annmarie Sellers Aubrey Dettmer SusanView full post »

Finding Light When Finding Light is Hard

As we explore our first (revisited) theme this year, Window Light, I’m inspired to show you the importance of aView full post »

November Faves | Light in the Story

This faves post is extremely late, but overflowing (literally, I chose more than 10, couldn’t help it!) withView full post »

Finding the Light | Magic Light

Light, light, light. Light is always the answer. How do you create such magical photographs? Light. The answer isView full post »

October Faves | Concentrated Light

I love that, no matter how strange or out of the box my themes might be, you all are always so excited and eager toView full post »

Finding the Light | The Light in the Story

The light in the story contained in the photographs you make. How does the light play a part in the story? Light is soView full post »

September Faves | Monochromatic Light

Really enjoyed exploring this theme with you all. Congrats to those featured and thank you, as always, to everyone forView full post »

Finding the Light | Concentrated Light

When the light has to make it’s way through tight spaces, it behaves a little differently. Maybe it is comingView full post »

August Faves | Experimental Light

Well, this was a FUN month! And even with fewer photos submitted than usual, I still had an incredibly difficult timeView full post »

Finding the Light | Monochromatic Light

Seeing light in black and white. Arguably, one of the most important things we can learn to do, is to see and captureView full post »

July Faves | Backlight

There are always loads of photos that have to be left out of these posts, but I do my best to select a variety ofView full post »

Finding the Light | August {Experimenting with Light}

Throughout our journeys, we reach many peaks. A peak consists of two slopes and once you climb one slope, reaching theView full post »

June Faves | Pocket of Light

My apologies for the lateness of these favorites, but here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy! Adri De La Cruz,View full post »

Finding the Light | July {Backlight}

I don’t know how we’ve managed to make it 18 months without using backlight as a theme, but here we are,View full post »

May Faves | Composition + Light

Brittany Elizabeth Photography Jayla Turner Photography Jennifer Smay Jennifer Winde Jessica Hachey OliviaView full post »

Finding the Light | June {Pocket of Light}

A pocket of light – mmm, a favorite. It seems to always happen in perfect spots, highlighting somethingView full post »

April Faves | Light + Shadow

A month spent focusing on how light and shadow work together resulted in some really amazing photographs. Congrats toView full post »

Finding the Light | May {Composition + Light}

There are many ways to achieve a pleasing composition. When  we think about what our goal is when composing aView full post »

March Faves | Cool Light

I think everyone can agree that this was a challenging month. Cool light isn’t readily available like most otherView full post »

Finding the Light | April {Light + Shadow}

Where there is light, there are shadows. Even in the dimmest light, you’ll find shadows – subtle, yes, butView full post »

February Faves | Radiant Light

Some months, you hear of the theme and you think, “this is so challenging, I don’t know if I can doView full post »

Finding the Light | March {Cool Light}

We know that light has a temperature, we know about white balance. We obsess over it. We ask others to be sure ourView full post »

  • May 7, 2015 - 9:24 AM

    Samantha Robinson - I have just really took the time to see what this site is all about,and i luv it! I have
    Been linked to it for a little while just to busy trying to get my studio going to have really read it. But i would the challenge of participating
    In these projects.I dont feel
    As confident as i would like
    To so any added help or anything I can do to work on
    Or test my skills, Im all up
    For. I do not have a business page yet i hope that isn’t an
    issuse. I am currently having someone help me with one.So i thank you for allowing me to
    Join this project with u!ReplyCancel

    • May 11, 2015 - 12:50 PM

      Erin Hensley - You are more than welcome to join! And not having a page yet is definitely not a problem. I hope you enjoy – and do catch up on each month’s blog post explaining each light theme if you haven’t already. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 8:59 AM

    Cassandra - Hi, Erin. Love your site and your photos. I am very interested in the Finding the Light Facebook group as a way to grow through feedback from you and others. Can you tell me more information about it and how it works (like how often members submit photos, number of people in the group now, etc.)? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • September 28, 2015 - 11:04 AM

      Erin Hensley - Hi Cassandra!

      My light-based themes are monthly so it gives us lots of opportunity to explore each type of light. Each month, you can submit up to 2 photos in the album. Our group is growing every day and we are nearing 2,000 members, but I can honestly say it is filled with the most laid-back, kind, honest and encouraging folks. I take pride in having created such a group. I hope you’ll join us!ReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2015 - 12:01 PM

    Sheryl Salisbury - I joined the Facebook group this month (November 2015). Will you be continuing the Finding the Light monthly themes for 2016?ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 3:32 PM

      Erin Hensley - I’m going to continue in some form or another :) Glad to have you join us!ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2016 - 8:00 PM

    Elizabeth Jackson - I just joined the group and I wanted to thank you for hosting such a helpful and inspiring forum. I am looking forward to stretching my creativity and being pushed to continually improve. There are so many talented photographers/artists and I love seeing how others elevate the “ordinary” to the extraordinary.
    Happy New Year!
    With Gratitude…ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2016 - 4:58 AM

    Barbie DeWitt - I’m so excited to learn!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2016 - 12:50 PM

    Kathy - I found your website recently and joined….I’m a Mum who photographs my children and have photographed a few friends. I’m pleased to see the story behind the project as I hadn’t read that before….the images posted are so stunning and so inspiring I’m so glad I found this group to encourage me to see the light in my photos. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, AustraliaReplyCancel

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