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Pet Portraits That Stand Out: Creating a Classic Photograph of Your Cat or Dog by Alan Hess

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The Right Light

The sensor in your digital camera records the light that is reflected off the subject. The amount of light, the direction of the light, the color of the light, and how hard or soft the light is all play a part in how your subject is portrayed in each photo.

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Measuring the Light

Your digital camera has a built-in light meter that allows it to measure the light in the scene in front of it, and show you when the exposure settings will result in a properly exposed image. The built-in light meter has different modes that look at the scene in different ways. The problem is that they measure the light that is present; they can’t measure ...

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