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14 Basic Techniques

Mysterious Al. In 1949, photographer Gjon Mili visited Pablo Picasso in France. Together they hit upon the idea of painting with light, which is simply sketching out a picture in the air using a flashlight in total darkness. Here artist Mysterious Al demonstrates the same technique at the Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company, London, England. Handheld 580EX II zoomed to 105mm fired at 1/32 manual power at the end of the drawing. EOS 5D Mark II, 25 sec at f/4, ISO 400, 29mm.

All the tech talk of the previous two chapters is really in the service of one thing: taking great photographs. Photos are nothing more than recorded patterns ...

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