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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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42. KEEP IT AMBIENT, OR ADD A DASH OF FLASH

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THE LIGHTING YOU choose contributes just as much to the overall look and feel of an image as your composition. In most cases, it’s a personal preference (as opposed to some situations where a certain lighting technique may be required to achieve a particular effect). There is no right or wrong here, just different choices.

When you’re first starting out, sticking with ambient light—the existing, available light around you—makes sense. Not only is there less to figure out and manage from a technical standpoint, but there’s also less equipment to invest in, learn how to use, and maintain. Of course, that ...

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