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Chapter 5: Sunlight

SUNLIGHT IS GREAT, and not just because it is free. It can be our main light, a fill light, or a hair light. Depending on the time of day and the weather, it can be a big or small light source. Sometimes it’s perfect without our use of flash at all. The most serious downside is that the weather is unpredictable. The other disadvantage is that we can’t move the sun to whatever spot we want: the sun dictates the schedule.

We can always know in advance, anywhere in the world, where the sun will be in the sky at any time of day. The U.S. Naval Observatory provides that information for free on its website. Because the site is ...

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