Whether you are interested in a new career or you just want to capture life's moments for yourself and your family in the best possible way, photography is a great choice. However, unless you spent years learning about exposure, lighting, cameras, lenses, angles, and zoom, then you probably do not make the most of natural light. Here are five reasons to get addicted to photography and natural light.
#1 – You Can Show Your Perspective to the World
Has something ever caught your eye in a way that makes you sit and think? Maybe you think about things in terms of beauty, or maybe it is all about science and the way a handful of molecules can create such a beautiful flower, piece of fruit, or even a person. Have you ever wondered if others see things the same way and become frustrated when you could not find the words to explain? Photography is the answer. With it, you can capture beautiful, lifelike images in your very own perspective, sparking a few imaginations along the way.
#2 – You Can Capture Images as they Truly Are
It is one thing to put a model in a studio and carefully arrange artificial lighting to show off her facial structure or the beauty of her clothing. However, it is something completely different to take the shots outside in natural light, allowing your audience to view her as she really is. Natural light is not only brilliant in a way that is impossible to reproduce, but it also affects the mood and the senses. Think about this: a gray, cloudy day often makes you feel tired or perhaps even a little sad. Conversely, a bright, sunny, blue sky might make you feel happy and energetic. Using this to your advantage in your photography allows you to capture not only the subject of your photos, but also your mood and thoughts.
#3 – You Can Discover New Things to Photograph
Whereas some hobbies are limited, photography is truly infinite. You may start out shooting single flowers or snapshots of individuals, but as you continue to take pictures and experiment with different types of natural light, you will soon learn that looking through a lens at the world is nothing shy of a completely new perspective. There are photos everywhere you turn. Where you once looked endlessly for something to photograph, you will soon see opportunities all around you.
#4 – You Begin to Notice Small Details
One of the most common faux pas in amateur photography is forgetting to pay attention to small details that could make or break your photos. Although a picture of a group of irises in perfect focus is nothing short of breathtaking, an out-of-focus caterpillar in the bottom corner clutters the photo. Over time, when you learn how to utilize natural light and you begin to appreciate photography, you can turn that caterpillar into something beautiful, too. For instance, why not focus on the caterpillar and the flower beside it, but blur the background so that it adds dimension? This realization of details carries over into other aspects of your life and rounds your senses, as well.
#5 – You Spend More Time Outdoors
Most of us simply do not spend enough time outdoors these days. After all, why should we when we have so much technology readily available to us inside? Often, we forget about the beauty of nature, whether this is a stream flowing through the woods or a bird on the sidewalk next to a busy street. Photography reminds us to go outside from time to time, to enjoy the sun and its warmth, and to consider sharing your perspective with the rest of the world – if you choose to do so.
This contribution comes from Rebekah McClelland, a newborn photographer servicing the Cleveland area. Visit her website to see pricing and her newborn and childrens photo gallery.