Looking for the Light

June 27th, 2013

web palm jun13One of the best pieces of advice I got from my iPhoneography workshop this month was to look for the light. Of course it makes sense to professionals, but I’m an amateur and I’ve always tried to find something photographable and then obeyed the old rule I was taught to put the sun behind my back when taking a photo. Looking for the light has totally changed the way I look at things when I’m on a photo expedition. Like finding this nest of light in the middle of a shady bank of palms…a photo I would have missed before taking the class. It’s not a great shot, but I love how it illuminated an ordinary moment for me. I was thinking about what a revelation this was when I realized I should apply it to the way I walk through the world without a camera. My default position is to look for what can go wrong, what the downside might be, what’s the worst that can happen. Like a flashbulb going off, it occurred to me that I need to practice looking for the light in every situation I encounter. Easy to say, harder to do if you’re not a born optimist. I know that won’t be my automatic go-to attitude, but if I can just remember to do it 10% of the time, I think it might change the way my brain works and make my soul a better viewfinder.

One Response to “Looking for the Light”

  1. Laurie Skiba says:

    The photo of the palms is gorgeous–I thought it was a painting at first. Nikki, thank you for your insights here. I’m not a born optimist either and what you’ve written has gone off like a flashbulb for me, too.

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