Going Back to the Basics and Learning to Recognize Good Light

These days there are a million things that you need to juggle simultaneously as a working photographer. You need to be managing your website, social media, and constantly be replying to emails. We tend to forget the actual craft of photography and most importantly telling your story with light.

Let’s just break down the of art of capturing an image. We are quite literally freezing a moment of time with electrical data or with a slide of film. The only way to do this is to use visible light and manipulate it to produce the vision that you have behind the story.

Sean Tucker recently released a new video on his YouTube that does a great job of showing how with the proper light you tell your story and produce your vision. Tucker runs through a day in London where he uses glass and metal of his environment to build the image he wants. It makes you realize how you have to take a step back and just appreciate the light your given. All of us can make a great image in the perfect spot with the perfect light but it takes a true professional and visionary to work with imperfect light in an imperfect setting. He also goes on to show the entire process after the shot that he uses to produce the final image.

Regardless of your skill level and regardless of your experience we all can benefit from slowing things down and going back to the roots of photography by practicing with light. It’s the truest form of our craft and will always be the foundation our stories.

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Chris Ramsey Jr. is a Denver, CO based outdoor lifestyle and adventure photographer/videographer. He is constantly pushing himself physically, mentally, and creativity to further his freelance work.

When he's not behind his computer you can find him in the mountains enjoying the great outdoors.

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Interesting Sean, like your approach and way of expressing your view.

He's such a unique creative in the space.

Is there a way to recognize these ads? It's the second 10 minute video I see where they talk about the subject for 2 minutes and the rest is just an ad for a product.

Which product do you think it's an ad for?

Sean Tucker is a badass.