Light is always important to picture taking. I’m tempted to say that lighting is what makes the shot look good. Why? Because it brightens what you want to see. Too much light and the picture might look washed out, too little light might make the picture look to dim. Just the right amount of light and from the right angle, you get a nice effect.
I started off using the flash that was built into the camera. Then started using an external flash mounted on the camera, but now am experimenting with off camera flash. Each one gives a different affect, a different mood almost. By controlling the light, it helps limit the viewers vision to see only what you want them to see.
In this shot, I wanted to see how backlighting looks. It gives a nice outline of the different branches. Still gives a dark background which helps the viewer focus on the branches.
1/250, f/2.8, ISO-500
The next two shots are just the flash from the side. So it illuminates the eggs but still isolates it from the background.
1/80, f/5.6, ISO-500
1/125, f/4.5, ISO-500
And finally, we have lighting from the left/back. This gives nice shadows on the black cloth that this glass object is sitting on. Gives a different feel. It almost doesn’t look like flash, but just the lighting of the room.
1/125, f/9, ISO-1600
It’s hard to control light. Why? because it wants to fill the room and lighten the darkness! The only way to control light is by blocking the light source from going in a certain direction. Why then, do we have a hard time being a light for others?…Why is it that it’s not as bright as we would like? Are we maybe trying to be a light ourselves while we should be focused on reflecting a bigger Light?
“The Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or — if they think there is not — at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.” – C.S. Lewis
This doesn’t mean a Christian is better in any way! It only mentions where the source of our glow comes from.