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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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13. Light and Authenticity

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I was assigned to shoot a professional athlete for the cover of a major magazine. The photo editor explained that he didn’t want the typical athlete plastered with logos and lit with artificial light. He wanted a more natural and authentic mood. This window light picture was the one he selected for the cover.

Canon 5DMii, 85mm lens, f/1.6

PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHERS tell stories with light. Sometimes these stories stay on the surface and reflect what’s on the outside. Other times the light reveals what the human eye cannot see. The light becomes a soft beam that shines into the darkness, exposing inner truths that are buried ...

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