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Focus On Close-Up and Macro Photography (Focus On series) by Clive Branson

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Chapter 4: Lighting

Although lighting is everything, it is the intensity of the light that is the determining factor. Light can enhance a subject from an ordinary shot to something quite extraordinary. The same subject can display a completely different aura in different lighting situations. Take the wine bottle shown in this chapter-opening photograph. Direct light would make this bottle bland and featureless, side lighting is mysterious, because half the bottle dissolves into darkness, backlighting just leaves a silhouette, but if you can arrange the lighting (more than one light), you can get the “classic” look of elegance articulating the ...

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