chapter  6
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Light

Introduction Light is the essence of photography. Without light there is no photography. The major difference between studio photography and any other form is that the studio itself has no ambient or inherent light. This means unlike photography undertaken in daylight, studio light cannot be observed and interpreted because it does not exist. The photographer starts with no light at all and has to previsualise how to light the subject matter and what affect the light will have upon the subject. It is a fact that studio photographers have to previsualise the lighting of the subject rather than observe what already exists that separates this genre from all others. This requires knowledge, craft, observation, organisation and discipline. Good studio photography takes time, lots of time, and patience.