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Learning to Photograph - Volume 2 by Georg Banek, Cora Banek

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05

Light

Light is the central element of photography. In a purely technical sense, no image can be created without incidental light entering a camera. But on a more abstract level, light is among the most influential factors you can use to design your images. Light and shadows are subtle, versatile, and dynamic partners of image design, and the way they are applied directly determines the quality of an exposure. Light has many purposes in photos; it sometimes functions as its own element or as a subject unto itself, other times it seems like an animated object, and yet other times it flows around the rest of the visual elements like water. Subtle adjustments of light, through exposure or light values, can have much more impact than you might ...

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