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Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Steve Simon, Rick Rickman, David Brommer, John Batdorff, Laurie Excell

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3. Light

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Light Is the Key Element in Image Making!

Without light, there would be no photographs. In fact, the word photography means “drawing with light.” Light has quality, quantity, color, and direction, which provide shape, texture, and character to your images. There is a reason that I get up at 0’dark thirty while most people in the world are still tucked snugly in their warm beds. I drive in the predawn hours to arrive at a location that is cloaked in darkness. I set up my camera in the dark, using a flashlight to make sure my ISO and aperture are adjusted to my liking as I prepare to make my first image of the day. It’s up to me to ...

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