What Is Beautiful Light?

Part 1

“Light” Photo by Josh S. Rose

My mother liked to say that “lighting is everything.” It was one of many bon mots she had at the ready. I always thought it a kind of funny vanity thing, but over the years, I’ve come to value it as something more serious. A kind of trade secret. A mantra. An approach.

As a photographer, one of your main preoccupations is light. It’s an elusive part of the occupation, often misleadingly…