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The sun is our primary light source. Unless it is hidden behind a bank of clouds, it's a hard light source. Learning how to work with hard light is vital to our progression as photographers! Once you’re comfortable with working and shaping hard light, life gets pretty exciting... you'll stop creating "snapshots" and start making "art." Here is the TOC to show you what is included... Contents Introduction Ambient Light Ambient Light Defined Light Qualities Hard Light Hard Light Defined Light Quality Control Viewer Emotions Light Angles Matter Photo Exercise 1 Light Shaping Barn Doors The Snoot Making Your Light Bigger Flags, Dots, and Fingers Cookies and Gobos Photo Exercise 2 Other Books by Dan Eitreim First, Ambient light. Ambient light can be either hard or soft and learning to work with it is vital. Hard Light: Then we discuss what hard light is and some of the situations where we might find it being used. Control Viewer Emotions: How hard light is used to elicit and control emotion in our photos. Light Angles Matter: With hard light, the angle of the light is a key consideration. Shoot at the wrong angle and you could create a portrait that will absolutely be hated... and possibly create an enemy for life. Light Shaping - Do you know what "Flags", "Fingers", "Dots", "Cookies", "Gobos" and "Snoots" are? You will in an hour or so. Not only will you know what they are, but you will know how and when to use them!