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28 - Introduction

Photographers need to have sensitivity to light.

Learning how to use light is difficult.

Light is hard to observe because:

• We're immersed in light most of the time, so we don't pay much attention to light.

• The qualities of light often change gradually, so the changes are hard to notice.

• The light that we see with our eyes is often different in a photograph.

There are "light sensitivity training" exercises on the following pages.

You may feel that the pay off from the exercises will be low.

You're not alone.

My students often feel this way.

The need for sensitivity to light is not visceral, and thus, is not compelling.

However, after doing one of the exercises, my students have become enthusiastic.

They've improved their photography.