At that moment, perhaps because I was trying to guess what time of day a particular picture was shot, I was able to express what I have been taking for granted, but often think of when I hear that question. For most photographers that question represents, "What is the quality and quantity of light? How is the weather? What season are we into now? When did it rain last? Where is the sun? and on and on. The answers to these questions help photographers determine the best scenario for making pictures. Yes, sometimes it is not in our control the "when" of a photo shoot, but that doesn't mean we can't be prepared for how to make the best use of the light we are given. Yes, there absolutely is a direct link between the time of day when one makes a picture and the quality and quantity of light.
For me, it was a great teaching moment. I learned two things: 1) how light and time are intertwined for photographers; 2) though I contemplate light several times throughout the day, my students may not. My job is to help connect, remind, inspire, teach, grow, and guide each student so that each can make choices that positively impact their work. And in the process of sharing, we as a group have a great time "rain or shine" learning from each other. If you'd like to see some of my students' work, check us out on Flickr.com; our group is "Two If By Sea Photography Group." It is my privilege to be their teacher.
In addition to photography class, there are all kinds of classes for learning something new at Countryside YMCA. For example, you can learn Spanish, how to play an instrument solo and in a group, sew dresses, make beautiful ceramic pieces; you can learn to cook, dance, act, study nature, make lego awesomeness, craft, and much more. There are also many ways to make new friends, and volunteer in our community. And of course, there are lots of wonderful wellness programs for staying fit physically; it is a place full of His Light where you can find encouragement. I highly recommend you check it out as free classes for the community are going on now through September 7, 2014.
To register for Photography On Location at the Countryside YMCA, which runs in 5 week cycles from September through May on Monday's from 6:45-8:15 p.m., go to www.countrysideymca.org, or call 513.932.1424 for more information. The first set of classes, Fall I, begins September 8th, and runs through October 12, 2014. The photo below is from one of our class excursions, a photo walk, in downtown Lebanon.