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1.1 Introduction

Welcome to A Photographer's Guide to Light. In this lesson you will see what you are going to learn in this course. And yes, this course has lasers!

1.1 Introduction

As a photographer, you know that light is essential. Without it, photography is impossible. A lot of times, we don’t consider light more than is there enough of it. What directions is it coming from? What color is it and how large is it? These are important things to be sure, but the understanding of light doesn’t end there. And once you have a better understanding of light and how it interacts with matter, you can make better use of it. You can predict what it's going to do and you can get results that you never thought were possible. Hi, my name is David Body for Tuts+. And in this course, you're going to learn what light is and how it interacts with matter. Now I know that sounds kind of simple, but consider that we only see light that either comes directly from a light source or that has been reflected from or transmitted through objects. So understanding how light interacts with matter covers pretty much everything. To start, you're going to learn about visible light and how that fits into the larger electromagnetic spectrum. Next, you'll learn about the three most important qualities of light to photographers, brightness, color, and contrast. Then you will learn about how light interacts with matter. You will learn how light is absorbed, how light is transmitted, and how light is reflected. Finally, you will learn about and see some great examples of the three types of reflection. Diffuse, direct, and polarized. At the end of this course, you will have learned a ton about light. This will help you to be able to control light, to predict what it's going to do, and help you to translate your ideas into fantastic looking images. To start, check out the next lesson where you will learn some of the basics of light and how visible light fits in to the much larger electromagnetic spectrum.

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