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Understanding How Light Affects Your Photography

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Understanding light is one of the most important skills in photography. Jeff Revell discusses the properties of light, types of light, quality of light and direction of light, and how these aspects affect your photograph.
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Understanding the Properties of Light and How to Use It

Understanding light is one of the most important skills in photography, but it’s also one of the most overlooked subjects. After all, light touches on every aspect of exposure, from ISO to lens aperture to shutter speed to white balance. It doesn’t matter if you are working with natural or artificial light; in order to get great images, you need to have a basic understanding of not only the characteristics of light, but also how to take advantage of them.

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