Monday, July 20, 2009

Instructor's Tip: Dawn and Dusk Photography

Image by Russ Burden

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured the above image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

Dawn and Dusk Photography
The light that fills the sky at dawn and dusk is magical yet the number of images taken at these times is few. Some probable reasons are it’s tough to get up extra early and a strong desire to want to get home or back to the motel after a long day of photography. Another may be the fact that the light at these times is subtle and its potential is overlooked by some photographers. Exposure times are long and many don’t want to be bothered. As evidenced, there are drawbacks, but the reward of making outstanding images far exceeds them.

REWARDS: Dawn and dusk photography provides the eager photographer with soft light. Worries about shadow and highlight detail don’t exist as all tones blend into a harmonious exposure of evenly lit subjects. Not only is the light soft, it’s pastel in tone and bathes its subject in a quality of light unobtainable at any other time of day. In addition, dawn and dusk often means little or no wind so the needed long exposures don’t impose the problem of subject movement. Finally, unless you’re traveling with others, you’ll have the place to yourself allowing you to become one with your subject.

Take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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