Simplifying the Complex

What the eye can see and what the camera can render aren’t always the same.

Every photographer learns this the hard way. Merely understanding this reality is a big step in the right direction.

It’s an even greater accomplishment to acquire the skills to turn the view from your eye to a usable picture with the camera. From there it’s on to mastering the intricacies of illumination.

I was lucky to learn about lighting from a number of established photographers while working as an assistant. This kind of practical knowledge can’t be purchased for any price from any art college or university.

There’s a turning point for a lot of pros when simple solutions become superior to those that are complex.

This is a long-winded way of saying that sometimes a $20 flash combined with some dramatic natural light is better than a grip truck full of gear.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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