What exactly does "reading the light" mean?

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D Lynch Veteran Member • Posts: 4,158
Re: Photograhers capture the light - not the scene

Tommi K1 wrote:

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.

Yes but....

Good photographers recognize good light. Landscape? They may return to a scene many times, striving for good photographs.

In the old days, there was a lot of camera, film, darkroom and printing skill to get the wonderful images that we still cherish today.

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