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Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Using Flash and Natural Light for Portrait, Still Life, Action, and Product Photography) by Syl Arena

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3. Using the Light Around You

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Getting Started with Natural Light

When learning to light, my recommendation is that you first become a student of the light that is already around you. Everyone knows that the largest source of natural light in our world is the sun. Yet, sunlight comes in many forms. The color and contrast of midday sun is different than the golden light before sunset. Direct sunlight is significantly different than the diffused sunlight that happens on cloudy days. Both sunlight that bounces in through a window and open shade provide usable, soft light. Knowing how to maximize the opportunities provided by many types of natural ...

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