image Saddam Hussein under interrogation: a montage for The Independent newspaper. In the version above, all the elements are crisp and well lit; but everything’s clamoring for attention, and there’s little focus to the piece. The addition of some visible light and shadows, right, makes the picture come to life.


7 Light and shade

SHADOWS ARE THE KEY to placing people and objects within the scene. Without shadows, images can look dull and unconvincing; ...

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