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David Busch’s Nikon® D700 Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Chapter 10. Making Light Work for You

If the sensor is the canvas on which you paint, light is your palette. Successful photographers and artists have an intimate understanding of the importance of light in shaping an image. Rembrandt was a master of using light to create moods and reveal the character of his subjects. Artist Thomas Kinkade’s official tagline is “Painter of Light.” The late Dean Collins, co-founder of Finelight Studios, revolutionized how a whole generation of photographers learned and used lighting. Photo guru Ed Pierce conducts seminars called “Captivated by the Light,” that reveal his secrets for portrait lighting. It’s impossible to underestimate how the use of light adds to—and how misuse can detract from—your photographs. ...

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