Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures”…Vernon Trent

I’ve been chasing light a lot this year so far. From how light softly bounces off winter landscapes to the atmospheric light within the souks of Marrakech to the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland (more soon).

Because I’m not the biggest fan of flash photography, I try my best to use any available natural light before having to pull out the external flash unit. Even though it’s impossible to predict nature to the T, I want to get better at working those golden hours. To get better at using winter’s blue hour. Working through harsh midday light. Through soft interior lighting.

As photographers, we already know to look for the light, and my personal photography goal this year is simple – keep following the light and surrendering to it so it teaches me how best to capture it in my own creative way.

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Shopping - Souks in Marrakech, Morocco - Travel photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

This post was also inspired by Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks‘ fantastic TEDxHouston presentation below about looking for the light. Please carve out a few minutes to check it out.

What are your personal photography goals this year? Please share below.