CHAPTER 5

FAKING THE SUN

Sometimes the best natural light is not natural at all. Let’s face it, being an “available light shooter” is great . . . until the only available light is shitty light. As much as I can appreciate natural light and the airy aesthetic that comes with it, good natural light is not always available. So what are your options when it’s cloudy, raining, or dark outside? This chapter will cover both indoor and outdoor scenarios wherein you can recreate sunlight in a space that it didn’t otherwise occupy.

When you look at the image on the previous page, what does your eye see? Mine sees a warm patch of sun peeking through the window, falling on a pretty girl. But that light didn’t actually exist (Figure 5.1). Because I placed ...

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