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.