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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Using Multiple Light Sources

Once you gain control over the qualities and effects you get with a single light source, you’ll want to graduate to using multiple light sources. Using several lights allows you to shape and mold the illumination of your subjects to provide a variety of effects, from backlighting to side lighting to more formal portrait lighting. You can start simply with several incandescent light sources, bounced off umbrellas or reflectors that you construct. Or you can use more flexible multiple electronic flash setups.

Effective lighting is the one element that differentiates great photography from candid or snapshot shooting. Lighting can make a mundane subject look a little more glamorous—make subjects appear to be soft when ...

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