Ambient Light

by Chris

Refers to how much light is naturally existing within an environment, before a photographer has added any additional lighting.

In some circumstances, a photographer can rely solely on ambient lighting to expose their images. If there isn't sufficient ambient lighting, or the ambient light results in harsh shadows, a photographer can use a flash to fill in the shadows or correctly light the subject.

Ambient lighting can include naturally occurring light sources, such as sunlight, and environmental lighting, such as ceiling lights.

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Sep 26, 2014
by: Neil

Thanks Chris for adding to the Jargon Buster

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