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The Digital Photographer’s Notebook: A Pro’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames

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Chapter 4. Light Right!

PHOTOGRAPHY HAS UNDERGONE an earth-shattering sea change in its transition from film to digital. At the same time, the foundation of photography—light—remains the same. Photography literally means “light writing,” which means that photographers are light writers. The ability to bend light to our vision is what makes us photographers. After all, anyone can buy a high-quality digital camera. Very few can light a subject well. You might say light writers light right.

Eye versus Camera

It all starts with how our brain sees light—and how the camera records it. Adding to the complexity is that what your camera records may not be possible to reproduce on the printed page. Here’s how it breaks down.

The range of light on a bright ...

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