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The Portrait, 2nd Edition by Tim Meyer, Glenn Rand

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4 Light Modification

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The key light for this portrait was a parabolic reflector with a diffuser dome over the flashtube, creating a complex highlight that embeds a diffuse highlight in a highly directional light source © Tim Meyer

Light is the medium that makes photography possible, and it is the way that the light is modified that allows a portrait to take on uniqueness and become visually exciting. Light modification techniques allow the portraitist to accent or diminish intensity, change the lighting ratio, and adjust color to make the portrait more than just a picture of a person. Because of this, light modification is one of the most important ...

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