Chapter Eighteen: Adding Illumination


We use a number of tools to manipulate and capture light; that is the very essence of photography. The primary challenge is being able to identify the important aspects of light, roughly quantify them, and then manage them to contribute to the final image. Studio shooting offers a (generally) consistent environment, and spending some initial time evaluating and adjusting studio lighting can be much simpler than what the photojournalist, sports photographer, or birthday-shooter will encounter.

Characteristics of Light


There are simply too many ways to describe this characteristic of light. In the living ...

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