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Chapter 3. Lighting > See the Light - Pg. 50

see The LighT When you create a photograph, just as when you cook a meal, the better your ingre- dients are, the better your results will be. One of these ingredients is light, and if you use high-quality light, you're much more likely to get a beautiful photograph. Lighting food for photography is not rocket science. If you're new to photography, this topic may seem daunting and confusing, but trust me ... it's not. At first the light used in a photograph might be overlooked. Our eyes see light every day; we take it for granted and don't always pay attention to the shadows, direction, intensity, color, and so on. Our brain fills in the details and makes everything look great, so we are likely to miss things, like unwanted shadows and bright spots, when using our cameras. The biggest step that I can remember taking as a photographer is when I actually started to see light. I didn't just notice the things it was lighting or how bright it was--I could actually see where the light fell on people's faces, which direction it was coming from, how it faded and feathered the edges of shadows and reflected off buildings. It felt like I was using my eyes for the very first time. Once your eyes are trained to see light everywhere, lighting a photograph becomes much less complicated and mysterious. You start seeing the golden glow that the "20 minutes before sunset" light can add to a person's face, or the amazing amount of