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In Africa, soft, over­cast light is the ex­cep­tion rather than the rule, so the di­rec­tion of the sun­light, which can be quite in­tense even early in morn­ing and late in the af­ter­noon, is al­limpor­tant. Lou favours low front-light­ing as it keeps shad­ows at bay, and can pro­vide a sub­tle catch­light in sub­ject’s eyes. Side-light­ing can be used to re­veal tex­ture, but you need to be aware of shad­ows. Back­light­ing is an op­tion, too, ei­ther to pro­vide a rimlight, or to sil­hou­ette an an­i­mal with an in­stantly recog­nis­able pro­file, like an ele­phant, against a sunset (see this is­sue’s cover shot).

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