We’ve all been there, it’s Friday, we have the whole weekend ahead of us and after having breakfast we grab our gear and make for a familiar location hoping to shoot some keepers. We pay some attention to composition, turn all the right dials, bracket, focus stack and whatnot yet somehow we return with so-so pictures more often than not. What went wrong?
Maybe an example will help, here’s a picture I took in the Lake District (Ashness Bridge, Keswick). It was early in the morning and it was the start of 2018’s drought so there’s next to no water to be seen. Still, this could have been an interesting picture nevertheless, if only the light had been different.
As you can see, I was able to save the image to some degree by editing it carefully, but it’s still far from being a keeper. I can’t make up for the lack of light without making it look weird and unnatural. It’s a similar situation as with sharpness: If you miss focus on your subject, you can’t fix that in post later. It’s the same with light.