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Studio Anywhere 2: Hard Light by Nick Fancher

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CHAPTER 7

PAINTING WITH SHADOW

In the previous chapter, we discussed the technique of “painting” with light, wherein during a long exposure, ambient light can be burned into the exposure with flashlights, glow sticks, or other constant light sources. Well, it turns out that shadows can also be manipulated in creative ways. By changing the relation of the light source(s) to the subject, you can soften, harden, lengthen, or shorten shadows accordingly. By knowing how light direction and distance affect shadow quality, you can adjust the lights to shape the precise type of shadow that you desire. This chapter goes over these methods, setting you up to essentially “paint” with shadow.

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