"Towers Of Silence"

"Essential Theory: Pt. 2 Seeing the Light"


Run Time: 6 hrs 38 min

Once you are able to see light the way I do, you will realize there is no such thing as bad light, and be able to create scenes all throughout the day–no longer limited by weather conditions and factors that are out of your control. The second installment of this series focuses on the many different qualities of both direct and indirect light that you can encounter in the field, how to anticipate them, and creative and effective ways you can utilize them in order to create compelling images with strong visual flow. It consists of 7 Chapters in order to cover my entire approach to photographing natural light from sun up until sun down. You will gain a clear understanding of the nuances of light, the role that light and shadow play in composition by accentuating certain elements and hiding others, and how to pair subject matter with the kind of lighting that will best complement it in order to create a cohesive scene with a strong sense of subject, depth, balance, visual flow, and mood. I also show several different ways you can photograph ordinary light in order to make it appear more spectacular.

Capturing natural light is not only my favorite part of photography, it is the most fundamental principle of photography. Until you learn how to work with the light, it will work against you. 


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  • Matt Redfern

    on August 30, 2022

    Eric builds very nicely on top of his previous video, Refining Composition, in this second tutorial. Learning to recognize, quality of light, types of light, direction, and how it interacts with objects opens up so many possibilities for making images with impact. As Eric explains, “there is no such thing as bad light, only good or bad uses of light”. This mentality is very helpful when out photographing and will help those who understand it adapt to any type of conditions thrown their way. My favorite part of Eric’s tutorials are the exercises he provides where he challenges you to look at an image and try to recognize the type of light in the image. After giving you the time to formulate thoughts, he then explains not only what type of light you are seeing but also why that particular type of light is helpful in the scene as opposed to other types of light.

    Because of these videos, I’ve found myself able to come away with better images simply because I’ve paid more attention to light in the field and how it either works or doesn’t work for my subjects. I believe there is something in this tutorial for everyone; whether you’re just learning about light or if you’re a seasoned photographer.

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