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One of a photographer's most essential skills is the ability to accurately and creatively observe light. Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques explains the impact of light whether you are using natural light when photographing landscapes, or using strobes and soft boxes in the studio.
From observation comes the ability to manipulate. You'll learn how to use exposure settings that have the most impact on lighting, and the best ways to take advantage ofand enhanceexisting light in the field. You'll also find out how to plan photography around natural lighting from the cycle of days and seasons, and discover the best techniques for rendering light in motion from car headlights and other moving objects.
Moving indoors, Creative Lighting shows you how to take advantage of ambient light, and use continuous lighting and strobes to make the most powerful images possible.
Richly illustrated with Harold Davis's beautiful images, Creative Lighting explores exposure and how to effectively use many kinds of lighting, as well as creating and using shadows and reflectivity. Then it takes you into the digital darkroom where you'll find out how to enhance lighting effects with Adobe Photoshop.
The technical details are here, too: for each photo in this book you'll find the focal length of the lens used, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the back story behind the image.
Learn to "see" light and its impact on photos
Use natural light to make spectacular images
Plan your photos around light and lighting
Use exposure controls to enhance lighting
Explore chiaroscuro, shadow, high-key and low-key lighting
Enhance lighting with multi-RAW and HDR processing
Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Creative Portraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, and Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com.