Lately I’ve taken to experimenting with lights. I’ve always been fascinated by how light can be photographed. What has captured my attention recently is how mood can be created depending on the warmth and tone of light.
Take Wicked Glow, which originally had an orangey yellow tint until I changed it to green while post-processing. Now it looks somewhat sinister yet evokes curiosity through the shadows. In a way though, I also thought it looked flat because it was something you’d expect to see. That green glow on the other hand, it’s unexpected and makes you question what your eyes see.
Possibilities of Mood
What I like best about photographing light is the possibilities it poses. Do I expose it such that the surrounding is lit or do I only let the light show? What do I focus on and what do I leave out of focus? Then in post-proecessing, what is the mood of light that I want to portray? Do I make sure it’s perfectly white balanced? And do I go for colder or warmer?
With all these options to consider, I’m very excited to continue experimenting and I can’t wait to see what my lenses have yet to capture. The challenges between my iPhone and DSLR should also yield interesting results, which makes me curious what more I’ll learn about the kinds of photos they each can capture.