CHAPTER 1

SHAPING AVAILABLE

We photographers love our soft light. We are constantly on the lookout for shade, overcast days, and north-facing windows. But what if it isn’t available? What if all you have to work with is harsh, mid-day sunlight? What if the room you’re shooting in doesn’t have a window with indirect light but only bright sun pouring in? Being able to make lemonade from the lemons that the ambient light often serves you is an invaluable skill. Though available light can be a bitch, it is also fairly compliant. It’s a lot like a loyal dog: while it’s often bouncing around the room, as if chasing an invisible squirrel, it will also willingly go wherever you lead it.

LOOKING FOR LIGHT IN ALL THE PLACES

Wherever I go, I look at the ...

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