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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith

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Chapter 9. See the Light

Understanding portrait lighting begins with a few basic principles of how light works. Concentrate on what you want the light to do and how the quality of the light affects the mood of the shot. By doing so, you’ll learn how to create the light you want in any situation.

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CINDY MARGOLISPhotographed in Miami Beach for Entertainment Weekly

What the hell do you do when a client wants a bright blue sky a week from Wednesday? Well, you try to figure out what the client really wants. For this Entertainment Weekly shoot of Internet pinup queen Cindy Margolis, it turns out that “blue sky” actually meant “colorful.”

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