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

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The Lady, the Light, and Some Luck

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EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER OUT THERE, no matter how serious or casual, has, at least on occasion, cursed the light. Bad light, hard light, no light, muddy light, fluorescent light, dappled light, flash light. At some point, it’s all horrible, and we curse the darkness or dimness or color or direction of whatever vexing quality of illumination we deem to be not up to our continuously needy and demanding standards.

We forget last week, or even yesterday, when the sky was rippling with such color it looked like a mad painter’s palette rather than a collection of nondescript smudgy clouds. We forget that last portrait session ...

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