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The Traveling Photographer by Sandra Petrowitz

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14 In the Best Light

Early Mornings and Late Evenings

It’s quite simple: without light, there is no photo, and that doesn’t just apply in a technical sense. The quantity and, above all, the quality of light determines whether a photo exists, is good, or is extraordinary. There’s a reason photography literally means “painting with light.” When you’re creating your images, the light is at least as important as the concept and technology behind your shot. The lighting conditions of a specific location at a specific time affect the colors and clarity of your subject, in addition to what appears illuminated and what appears in shadows. In short, light plays an essential role in the look and feel of a photo and the mood that an image conveys.

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