What exactly does "reading the light" mean?

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Tommi K1 Senior Member • Posts: 7,078
Re: Photograhers capture the light - not the scene

bullet1 wrote:

contadorfan wrote:

Often when reading about good photographers, they say to"learn to read the light." What is that, exactly, direction? Strength? Color? Knowing what settings to use instinctively?

The meters on our cameras read the reflective light from the subject. The scenes are lit by the light, natural or artificial.

This is why the light is important.

Photographers specifically captures the scene, mood, story... But cameras captures the light.

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