Postcards from Rome ~ Seeing the Light

Valerie Jardin updates you on her street photography experiences with another ‘post card’.

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Most students experience something very special on a workshop: They become aware of the light. Being able to see and use light, any light, is a big step in the growth of a photographer. The realization that there is no bad light and that it’s your responsibility as a photographer to make any light work for you is a huge step!

On workshops I always point out to my students opportunities to use challenging light to create stronger images. It adds to the already challenging task of capturing the decisive moment, but makes photo walks so exciting and rewarding!

The story behind this photograph… I was on a side street near the Spanish Steps in Rome when I saw the dappled light on the sidewalk. I immediately saw a great opportunity to make a photograph using the light pattern. The timing was challenging. Not only did it require an interesting subject to…

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