Chapter 1One Light


Photography is light. And to move out of the darkness, you only need one light. Diffused, bounced, as fill, that one light changes shapes, becomes diverse and more talented. There are not enough terms to describe all the ways that one light can be reconfigured to make a photograph more useful.

Not enough trade names for the modifiers used to reshape light. Real artists continue to master using just one light source. The prototypical Weegee1 character is no longer with us but his skill set informs modern shutterbugs and road warriors alike. Wherever quick light is needed we revert back to classic “old school” ways: straight, ...

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