Also in this issue:
- Seattle Seminar
- Shooting Monster Trucks (and getting great results with the "worst" equipment)
- Other Stuff
Light is everything in photography. It's more important than sensor size, resolution, high ISO performance, or shooting RAW. Just as there's no substitute for proper focusing, there's no substitute for good light.
Case in point: Have a look at this photo of a talented young cellist taken in ambient light (click on this or any other image to enlarge):
|1/60th, f/5.6, ISO 1000|
Even though I used an A99 and Zeiss optics for this shot, its an incredibly bland shot. Nobody will ever say "Wow!" when they look at it. (And shooting RAW wouldn't have helped! :-) ) Let's see if we can improve this shot by improving the light.