“The light is everything.” – Karen Walrond
If you ask any photographer for one simple rule to improve photographs, they will tell you this. “Look for the light.”
You don’t need a special camera, or the perfect setting, just light. It’s the most important thing when capturing an image that tells a story and/or moves people.
This mini-mission to find the light doesn’t really have anything to do with photography though. Instead, find the light for better love and health.
After several days without sunlight, I am reminded of the importance of good light to improve moods and overall health. Vitamin D comes directly from the sun. That might explain why the majority of North America and other parts of the world are Vitamin D deficient.
Even if you live in an area with plenty of sunshine, you still might not be getting enough Vitamin D. Our levels have been on a steady decline since the early 80’s due to an increased awareness and use of sunscreen and more time indoors with the www.
If you are wondering why you need more D, studies show that people with higher Vitamin D levels:
- have fewer infections
- experience improved mental sharpness
- have better bone health
Other research in progress demonstrates lower cancer risk, and correlations with risk of multiple sclerosis, asthma, diabetes and other auto-immune conditions.
The best way to know if you need to supplement with Vitamin D is to ask your doctor for a simple blood test. For the first time in several years, I have adequate levels of vitamin D, but only by supplementing with 5500 IU per day. This is not a medical recommendation. Your body and lifestyle is unique, so what you need will be different from what I need, and from what the FDA recommends. Test your levels and work with the facts.
Karen Walrond, author of The Beauty of Different gave a beautiful Ted Talk about finding the light in other people. Karen says, “Light is what connects us and illuminates our beautiful different.”
We respond to love and light in each other. We can find that light in someone’s eyes, their smile, their spirit, heart and soul. Karen points out that we should look for light in people we love, and also in strangers. Instead of dismissing someone because they look different, look for their light. Everyone has it.
Before you can capture or connect with the light in a photograph, person and even in your own heart, you have to make the time and space to notice it.
Make the time and space. Good light is everything.
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