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Preventive Photoshop: Take the Best Digital Photographs Now for Better Images Later by Douglas Ford Rea

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4. Casting the Right Light

CAMERAS CAN DO AMAZING THINGS: tell a story, make an advertisement or fine art, record memories of family and friends, even help attain scientific advances. But all of these achievements depend on one element more than any other: light. Photoshop can do a great deal to massage the kind of light we failed to get at the time of capture, but nothing replaces the real thing.

As you photograph, you’ll be thinking about tone, color, and lighting types. If at all possible, it’s always best to get the right light at the time of capture, and by applying a few ground rules to those three elements, you’ll produce better photographs. But despite your best efforts, you may end up with lighting mistakes. The underlying goal here ...

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