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Adventure Sports Photography: Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places by Tom Bol

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4. Lighting in the Field

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Using flash on this wake surfer adds drama and tension to the image.

Lighting is key to the success of any image. Without light, there would be no photographs. My life revolves around light. I wake up early for it. I plan vacations around it. I buy special gear to capture it. My career depends on it. Photographers are joined at the hip with light.

Adventure sports photography relies on good light to make compelling images. Photographing mountaineers on a glacier on an overcast day is like shooting flies in pea soup. Everything is flat and murky with no contrast. The viewer can’t see any detail in the snow; it’s a featureless, ...

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