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FACES: Photography and the Art of Portraiture by Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua

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MODIFYING LIGHT

MODIFYING LIGHT

 

I'm always mentally photographing everything as practice.

—MINOR WHITE

 

Many things go into the making of good portraits. Interesting subjects, appealing poses, exciting locations, suitable points of view, backgrounds, lens, and depths of field are just some of the factors that portrait photographers—be they beginners or seasoned professionals—must consider before putting finger to shutter release.

And then there is light—the great portrait maker, the great portrait breaker. Get everything else right but get your lighting wrong and your portrait dies. Get the light right and it lives. Or, to put it differently: if the light isn't right, the portrait isn't right. It's that simple. And that's how this section ...

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