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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers by Lee Varis

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Artificial Light

Natural light outdoors presents certain challenges, but lack of light is usually not one of them. Most artificial lighting situations, however, present a low value challenge and the photographer often has to try to elevate the exposure enough to prevent serious noise issues in the shadows. The first example here is typical (Figure 3.7). This shot of a musician practicing at a music camp is taken under very dim light. The setting is a community cabin, a fairly open space lit by bare light bulbs. He is sitting directly under one of the bulbs and the illumination falls off dramatically behind and around him. The light on his forehead is much brighter as it is closest to the light source and his skin is a higher value than his clothing, ...

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