Chapter 7

Ambient Light


After 235 pages, you know enough, by now. Let’s get out, in the field, and do some photography. This chapter is geared toward putting into practice what we have discussed, so far.

Exploring how to harness ambient light is the precursor to learning how to take what happens with light naturally and apply it to artificial illumination. Once you understand ambient light, what you do with flash and continuous light sources will look more natural.

For the most part, there isn’t much you can do to dramatically change our natural light source; it’s a matter of making the most of what you’ve been given.

So much of working with existing ...

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