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Environmental Portraiture: Tell Your Subject’s Story and Create Dynamic Portraits with One Bag of Gear by Kathleen Lavine

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Working with Light

I am constantly awed by light. Not just the sun—but also overhead fluorescents casting green shadows or lamplight bouncing off a window in fragments. Wherever I go, I notice the light around me. If the subject is the story, the light is the genre. How you capture the light or how you create light will tell the story you want to tell.

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Using Available Light

When on assignment, before I grab anything, I look at the light around me. It could be overhead fluorescents, incandescent light, natural light through windows, open shade, or direct sun. I use as much of what is happening with the available light as possible. It makes for ...

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