Within photography it is often said “see the light”, but I believe you must KNOW light first.
I love the quote by George Eastman: “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth and you will know the key to photography.”
I can remember going with my family on a road trip and excitedly pointing out the play of light and shadows on a beautiful grassy ridge to a less than impressed audience. One of my first recollections of the beauty of light, I am still on that life long quest to replicate that beauty of light that comes out of the shadows.
My goal in lighting most portraits and especially sports portraits is not a 3:1 lighting ratio with detail in the shadows. It is a portrait with a full range of specular highlights, long range of mid-tones graduating into deep robust shadows which define and provide a backdrop for the details. This quote by Sir Francis Bacon sums up my lighting directions: “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
Mark and Sandra Bryant, operate a studio in Missoula, Montana. Their work has graced the pages of such national magazines as “Town and Country”, ”Fly Fisherman”, Good Housekeeping”, Wall Street Journal”, ”Log Home Living”, etc. A recipient of “Kodak Gallery awards: ”Fuji Masterpiece awards, Mark has numerous International Loan Collection prints. At the International Print Competition 2012, he was the third photographer ever to achieve 8 out of 8 in the Loan Collection, the prestigious Double Diamond,2013 Diamond of the year photographer and 2014 repeated the Double Diamond. Multiple Photographer of the Year awards in the Rocky Mountain region and the state of Montana. Graduated from Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, Ohio.
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