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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally

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The Shape of Light

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TOO OFTEN I’VE PUT UP A LIGHT and just used all of it, because that’s what I do. I’m a knuckle-dragging photographer, so most of the time I start by putting up a light. Then it spills and splashes all over the place, hitting areas of the scene I don’t want lit, or drawing attention to that lovely tie with the stains from yesterday’s plate of chili, or the t-shirt that’s so loaded with logos that my subject might as well be a Nascar. Duh...this ain’t so good. What do I do now? The manual says put up an umbrella and everything will look nice.

Ashamedly, there have been times I’ve given up, and let the light do what it wants, ...

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