Light Changes Ahead

Up to this point, you have made significant modifications to Challen’s image, but their appearance is subtle. From here on, they will become more dramatic. By selectively removing such issues as color cast, which would otherwise be problematic throughout the image editing process, you have created an image with which you can more easily work. In other words, you have been working from global to granular.

Now it is time to start building the “lighting” of this image. Because the changes you make to an image must be transparent to the viewer, you must pay attention to the way light manifests itself in the real world. Light has a direction, and so do any shadows it casts. Fail to respect that physical law, and the result will ...

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