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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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6. Lighting Fundamentals for Portraits

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Getting Started with Portraits

Most people are fascinated with people photographs. We love to look at shots of people like us, people different from us, people doing things that we wish we could do, etc. Not surprisingly, for most photographers, knowing how to make people photographs is their main interest, or at least one of their main interests. Portraits can be direct—where the subject is looking straight at the lens. Portraits can be candid—where the subject is secretly captured with no direct connection to the photographer. In this chapter, we’ll start applying what we’ve learned so far about lighting ...

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