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Chapter 2: Light, Shadow, and Color  > Make the light work for you

Make the light work for you

Once you’ve determined the main subject as the starting point for a photograph, your next consideration is how to skillfully work the prevailing light conditions into your composition. Light is an integral part of the composition—as important as the subject itself—so make it a priority in your assessment of the scene. Start with a close inspection of your subject with the naked eye. Pay particular attention to how the prevailing light conditions play upon it.

Does the light complement the subject, or does it interfere with your ability to show off the subject’s best attributes? To give any subject the prominence it deserves and make it the focal point of the composition, the prevailing light should always favor your subject.


  

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