Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Light Photography Tips

A very timely article by Chuck Delaney for Picture Correct, giving you all the tips you need to make the best of your photos of Christmas lights. Chuck has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. Since 1998 he has been the director of the New York Institute of Photography, America’s oldest and largest photography school. DeLaney has taught photography classes in colleges, community programs and institutional settings. In addition to teaching, he has written two books about photography and written hundreds of magazine and Web articles also.written by Chuck Delaney.

At this time of year, many of the world’s cultures and religions celebrate holidays that involve lights. While the use of lights and candles is often explained in terms of the rites of the particular culture, most scholars agree that the lights came first; the explanations followed. After all, since humans gained control of fire, light has been used to illuminate the darkness – especially, during the depths of winter – rather than curse it.

Christians explain the candles, tree lights, and Yule log in terms of the birth of Christ and the Star of Bethlehem. The impact of these lights – if not the explanation – is so powerful that even modern-day Buddhist and Shinto Japan is ablaze with lights and decorations at “Christmas time.” And, in the same dark days of the winter solstice, Hanukkah is the “Festival of Lights” celebrated by Jews around the world.

Follow this link to read the full article:............................Christmas Light Photography Tips – PictureCorrect
Here are a couple of images I took a week or so ago in Rome (before I read Chuck's article!)
Spanish Steps
Via de Flori

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