Right before this photo we ran into a guy sitting on a rock that looked at our cameras and said, “I have one of those too, but it’s too bright for photos. All the highlights get washed out.” And I politely acknowledged the comment and kept walking, as is fine to do when walking trails, people don’t expect a long chat.
I then proceeded to take this photo. Could the lighting be a lot better? Could the photo be a lot better? FOR sure. Is that a reason to just stop taking any and all photos and retire your camera for the day? Definitely not, in my opinion.
The takeaway is don’t be like that guy on the trail. How are you ever going to get better at tricky lighting photography if you never try?