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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 20. Lighting Without Lights

I CHECKED INTO A CHARMING LITTLE HOTEL while on assignment in San Diego recently. When I opened the door, the soft, diffused light streaming into the room through the windows was beautiful. There were flowers on the table in the alcove. I had to have a photograph of it. There was one tiny problem. No lights.

I could see detail in the curtains (Figure 20.1). When I looked at the side of the bed closest to me, there was detail there, too (Figure 20.2). The problem is contrast. While my brain put the highlight and shadow details into one image automatically, what I saw was beyond the ability of the camera to record it. Or was it?

Figure 20.1.

Figure 20.2.

No Lights. No Way?

Without lights to fill the shadows, ...

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