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Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Using Flash and Natural Light for Portrait, Still Life, Action, and Product Photography) by Syl Arena

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5. Lighting for Tabletop and Macro Photography

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Learn to Light by Starting with Objects

Like any new set of skills, there are many ideas to remember when you first learn to light. If it seems overwhelming when you’re just starting out, I suggest that you point your camera at objects for a while. Objects won’t lose their patience and walk away. Even if what you want to know most is how to light portraits (the subject of the next two chapters), hone your basic lighting skills on objects first. You will find that all of the major lighting concepts apply equally well to items as they do to people. So, in this chapter, we’ll apply six basic lighting ...

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