Above are two photos of Ruralite magazine Editor Leon Espinoza. One is a dramatically lit photo and the other is … well, bland.
What amazing technique did I use to create such dynamically different photos? My eyes.
The only difference was a few minutes time and the recognition that the light was doing something special. I saw the narrow beam of light on Leon’s face during a small window of time in the morning as it snuck its way into his office. It lasted 10 minutes, then was gone. To shoot the photo, I adjusted the exposure on my camera for the bright spot on Leon’s face. Pretty simple, but the result is a much more interesting photo.
Train your eyes to see opportunities where light is doing something different, and always keep a camera handy so when it happens you are ready. There are many ways to adjust your camera’s light exposure. Here is one helpful explanation from the Digital Photography School blog.