I know I bang the lighting drum repeatedly, but its importance cannot be overstated. Lighting – and the ability to adapt when it changes – are absolutely essential.

One of the reasons I love concert photography is the fact that the lighting conditions are constantly changing. When you combine that with the unpredictable behavior of the performers, you have a challenge that can only make you better…a real practice in flexibility and the ability to make changes at a moment’s notice. In this particular instance, the bride and groom had just finished their walk down the aisle as a newlywed couple, and the back doors of the church were opened as they approached their exit. It was an extremely bright, sunny day in downtown Raleigh – the sunlight poured in instantly, nearly at the very moment of the image. It’s clearly a moment to treasure, and one that could have been washed out by bright sunlight.

I sound as if I lecture, but those concerts provide priceless experience for adaptability in other genres of photography. The ability to adjust with little warning is not only imperative in life, but in photography as well.

Friends, I hope you enjoy these weekly images from present or past which tell a unique story. As rambled about before, I love a photo that can keep your attention for several minutes; something that can provide the description of a moment without words.