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Today starts a whole 10 part series titled: “SEEING A PHOTO”. This is a series that WordPress had developed for photographers, to learn about the art of learning to see. It takes a lot to really see a photo when you don’t know what to look for. I love to see a real good photographer go into a remote place and see something that we just don’t see at all. And they take the photo and it’s amazing. This 10 part series will help us to see the different types of lighting, composition, and so forth. And it is set up so that you can practice with each one of these series. I would love for everyone to participate if you want to take the assignments in here. If you want to submit a photo as you practice these techniques, please submit your photo to:

And here is our first of a series of 10:

Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

Photography means “drawing with light.” When you take a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image. When we’re out and about, we often use the sun — our most abundant light source — to capture our scenes.

The Hagia Sophia is an impressive mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. If you ever find yourself wandering inside, here’s what you’ll see when you look up:

The spotlights on the chandeliers — combined with lots of ambient and natural light filtering in from outside — create a warm scene of yellows and golds.

For your first shooting challenge, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. If the sun is nowhere to be found today, not to worry — interpret warmth in your own way.

Today’s Tip: Consider the direction and quality of light. Front light is great for outdoor landscapes and group portraits; a front-lit subject faces the light source, making it even-lit. Side light is fun to experiment with: the mix of light and shadow shows more depth and can create unexpected results.

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Here’s just another idea: While taking a walk at night time you will find that street lighting produces a warm light to the scene. Here is one I took, while walking the street one night:

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