The meaning of light

We catch up with talented UK creative, Adam Marshall and hear his thoughts on light, nature, and technique.

I like to shoot under natural light and handheld almost all the time. The only exceptions are time-lapses, where you kind of need a tripod.

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I often find myself driven to shoot around the times of day where the light is very limited. I find it very romantic and intimate.

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You really need to pay attention to your scene and understand what it is you’re trying to highlight. It also paints a more honest picture. Too much light will beautify a scene.

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Light is the single most important tool a photographer has. If you’re after a particular style of mood in your images, the sort of light you shoot under means more than anything else.

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I feel like my time-lapses are somewhat separate to my photography and art. I use different compositions. The moving image is different to the still. I find what works for one, might not always work for the other.

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I definitely favour the more surreal and rare atmosphere when I try to capture something though, whether it is a time-lapse or a still image. I do keep my process very natural.

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I’m inspired by nature, most of all. The vast, relentless power of it, constantly growing, changing and yet, some scenes remain timeless through it all.

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It’s odd, I often shoot locally, but after so many years shooting the same scene, I’m still drawn to explore more of what is possible with it.

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Most of all, I try to capture something a little bit different to the normal. Whenever I see a shot, I instantly try to figure out why it caught my eye, and what I can learn from it.

Check out more of Adam’s incredible work on his website, Instagram and Twitter.  You can also view his first short video here.

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