Warm light and cold beer…

There are two things in my life that I truly love…

beer and light.

All kidding aside, you really can’t have bad beer or bad light, because when it comes down to it you still have beer and light.

Bad light can make a photographer’s life difficult. Make them have to work harder to nail the perfect frame. However, when all is said and done the picture  is perfect and the photograher is prouder of it because of the sweat and tears behind it.

A bad beer is annoying. Funk in the line or musty or spunky tastes can ruin the joy that can be found in a sip of the perfect beer after a long day. Than again, drink enough of the “bad beer” and you won’t care that the taste is a tidge off :D .

Luckily on my recent beer tour of Portland neither bad light or bad beer was a problem I encountered.

Instead I had a delightful day playing with shoots of sunlight that danced across the glasses on our tour. Sunbeams can be problematic when shooting over-all shots of rooms if you don’t learn to work with the light instead of against it you will encounter huge problems.

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If you meter for the sunbeam and position the subject in the beam or with the beam reflecting on their face then you can also clean up the background of your photos by letting them fall away into the darkness.

Also using the light to “blow-out” a background can cleanup a messy backdrop by making it all go white :D

The best thing to do with light it allow it to impress you, you don’t need to impress upon it. Let the light tell you what it wants and you will never have to deal with “bad-light” again.

As for the beer… you are on your own :D


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