How to Photograph Light

Start taking your photography to new artistic heights in this how-to book!

by Kerry Drager

Here's a deceptively simple rule: Start paying more attention to the quality of natural light and your photographs will more consistently match your hopes - and your vision.

That's the theme of a how-to book co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager! In The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light, Jim and Kerry discuss - in words and images - such topics as the direction of light, sunrise and sunset, the color of light, moody and dramatic light, the beauty of overcast light, and so much more.

Also covered are techniques for fixing lighting problems: i.e., fill flash, reflectors, and High Dynamic Range (HDR). In addition, the authors cover tricky exposure situations, such as backlighting, snow photography, and low light.

Of course, sometimes you simply have no choice regarding the light. Parades, sporting events, festivals, and other special activities routinely occur in less-than-inspiring lighting conditions. But nonetheless, a good understanding of natural light will help you shoot in not-so-stellar conditions. A key theme of this book is to help you make the most of whatever light you have.

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

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Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.