Here's a deceptively simple rule: Start paying more attention to the quality of natural light and your photographs will more consistently match your hopes - and your vision.
That's the theme of a how-to book co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager! In The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light, Jim and Kerry discuss - in words and images - such topics as the direction of light, sunrise and sunset, the color of light, moody and dramatic light, the beauty of overcast light, and so much more.
Also covered are techniques for fixing lighting problems: i.e., fill flash, reflectors, and High Dynamic Range (HDR). In addition, the authors cover tricky exposure situations, such as backlighting, snow photography, and low light.
Of course, sometimes you simply have no choice regarding the light. Parades, sporting events, festivals, and other special activities routinely occur in less-than-inspiring lighting conditions. But nonetheless, a good understanding of natural light will help you shoot in not-so-stellar conditions. A key theme of this book is to help you make the most of whatever light you have.
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