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Picture Perfect Lighting by Roberto Valenzuela

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CHAPTER 1

PRIORITIZE A LIGHTING VISION OVER A LIGHTING STYLE

In my opinion, every portrait photographer should give precedence to having a lighting vision rather than to anything else, before even thinking about pushing that shutter button. As photographers, we use light to communicate. Therefore, you must have something to say before attempting to deliver your message in the form of a photograph. Not thinking about lighting before taking a portrait is like jotting down a random array of words on paper that do not make sense or form a coherent sentence, then hoping it communicates something. Let’s not do that to ourselves. Part of the joy of photography ...

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