Light and Shadows – How to take advantage of it

Light is the one resource that can easily be exploited by a photographer and doesn’t need to come at a cost. A photographer can use just about any camera to produce a beautiful photo and before you start fiddling with your camera settings it’s important to understand the role light plays.

Ignoring the fact that light is what makes photos even possible, the quality and direction you use it is the difference between capturing a special moment and one that will be deleted instantly. On a day that is bright and clear and beautiful to most people, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the optimum time for a photographer. On the flip side, a rainy day can offer all kinds of moody opportunities where uneven light is a factor or the silhouettes made from layers of clouds and a sun breaking through or even the reflection of headlights against puddles creates a distinct character.

A fascinating example of using light and shadow is social studies teacher and budding photographer Julio Widwidan, a native of Sadanga, Mt. Province.
Portraiture is Julio’s specialty because he feels it is where he can produce great images. He doesn’t hesitate to capture characters he meet in his travels, ordinary people displaying emotions or unique characters engaged in their daily living. For him, an effective photograph is one that makes viewers pause and think, which communicates or relays a message, promoting awareness.

“I always try to include light and shadows in my shots that help create mood and emotions from my subject. I tend to wait for a decisive moment before I click my shutter,” he says.

Julio joined Manny Librodo’s workshops and started gaining confidence by submitting images to online photo competitions like Vogue, Imaginarium, Kaleidos, Low Key, and some street photography groups.

Examples of Widwidan’s work below.

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Exploring Photography: Light and Shadows
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Exploring Photography: Light and Shadows
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Light is the one resource that can easily be exploited by a photographer and doesn’t need to come at a cost. Photography by Julio Widwidan
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