Photographers – Free yourself!….. How Important is Light?

As you see, I’m sharing whatever comes to mind on this blog – that’s the entire purpose of this personal blog.  I’m anxious to share some more informative photography posts as well.

In this absolute oversaturation in photography where everyone is a photographer, it is so disappointing to see how many claim to be photographers and really do not know anything about light.  Light is absolutely everything when it comes to photography.  I’m a firm believer in getting it right in camera and getting it right means manipulating light to create an image.

I created an instructional book How to Get Great Images in Camera.  What confuses me is that in this day and age, photographers really don’t seem to care about getting great images in camera.  They are so wrapped up in how to PhotoShop an image to death to fix what they did or create an incredibly unnatural appearance to an image.  It is SOOOOOO much work to fix an image to make it acceptable.  It takes SOOOOOOO much time to go through every image from a photo session and make it into something that it wasn’t to begin with.

I beg of you, if you are a photographer.  Take a moment to consider – knowing how to manipulate light to get a drop dead gorgeous image in camera takes seconds in comparison to the hours you will spend sitting in a chair staring at a screen.  Think of all the extra time you will have…..  Reclaim your……

  • Time to spend QUALITY time with your children with no worries about that looming cloud of editing over your head…. What?  An end to mommy guilt?
  • Time to cuddle or  go out and have a drink with your partner.
  • Time to get caught up on those projects around the house (as you can see from this blog, that’s a huge one for me).
  • Time to take a relaxing hot bath….read a book….bake a cake….watch a movie….
  • Time to take care of yourself – you know, exercise, eating right, GET UP FROM THAT DESK CHAIR – YOU ARE SHORTENING YOUR LIFE!
  • Time to SLEEP – imagine that?  You can actually SLEEP instead of spending the night editing at your desk with coffee racing through your veins.

Being able to create without having to spend so much time retouching/editing is absolutely freeing.

I just changed my header to this blog, defining the purpose….  Here’s the ‘behind the scenes’ of the header image —

Can you believe it? this was the scene.  There was no “styling”…. all I did was put an item on a wooden box in the corner of my home office and shot.

Oh yeah…. one reflector pushed up against a chair and a speedlight tossed down on another chair with a black office folder next to it.  Yes, that was my light – I turned off the lamp in the room.  The room was pitch black so I held a flashlight in one hand so that the camera could focus and I let my settings plus the speedlight and reflector, do their thing – the thing that I know they will do, because I know how light can be manipulated……  The speedlight overtook the flashlight, by the way 😉

It’s not about the scene – it’s simply about the light.





About Jodie Otte

Maryland Newborn Photographer and Child Portrait Artist, Jodie Holstein-Otte, specializes in unique photography of newborn babies, kids, and families. She works on location in Harford, Howard, Cecil, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and other areas throughout Maryland. She uses both both natural lighting and soft studio lighting techniques.

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