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Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Erik Valind

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4. Working with Natural Light

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ISO 200 • 1/800 sec. • f/2.8 • 70mm lens

Identify the quality and direction of natural light to capture great shots

In this chapter, you’ll be taking your portraiture outdoors. By understanding the quality and direction of natural light, you can then work to tame or redirect that natural light for better portraits.

Natural light, or more specifically sunlight, is the most plentiful and affordable light source photographers have. That doesn’t mean it’s always pretty light, though. Before you begin to blindly fight an uphill battle with a very bright opponent, you first need to learn to see light and the different ...

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