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Pigeon Point Lighthouse north of Santa Cruz, California is no longer in service, but still stands as a picturesque reminder of days long ago when its beacon war...
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse north of Santa Cruz, California is no longer in service, but still stands as a picturesque reminder of days long ago when its beacon warned sailors of the rocky hazards along the coast. As summer approaches, ice plant drapes brilliant colored blooms along the embankments.
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192 Comments |
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman May 06, 2016
This is gorgeous Nina.
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman May 06, 2016
This is wonderful...the clouds..the water...the lighthouse...perfection AND the color. WOW WOW. WOW
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 May 06, 2016
WOW WOW WOWZA... Nina this is amazing!! ツ
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi May 06, 2016
Wonderful capture. Love all the textures and colors. You have the rule of 1/3,POV and subject nailed. Congrats this is another winner.
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo May 06, 2016
Ditto! Wow! Superb edit. Great colors and details, and the clouds are very cool!
heavenlyraine
 
heavenlyraine May 06, 2016
Very picturesque! Just beautiful!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer May 07, 2016
beautiful colors, clouds, sharpness, composition
leslie57
 
leslie57 May 07, 2016
excellent...love the clouds and details
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold May 08, 2016
everytime you take a shot of this lighthouse - it turnes out as a masterpiece!! Very beautiful!!!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 May 12, 2016
This is amazing Nina. So beautiful! Beautiful composition!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 12, 2016
wow what a fabulous capture. The detail, colour in the landscape, the view to the Ocean, and that sky!! and the lighthouse, man, this is so beautiful!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK May 13, 2016
Awesome! Are those flowers at the edge of the rocks?
Johnny_G_Photography
 
Johnny_G_Photography May 13, 2016
Truly stunning! Love it :-)
ritafayeadams
 
ritafayeadams May 14, 2016
Fabulous!
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha May 14, 2016
Best photo ever of this lighthouse. Was this recent?
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography May 16, 2016
Beautiful image!
adavies PRO+
 
adavies May 21, 2016
Gorgeous! Great job on the clouds! :)
Flosno
 
Flosno May 22, 2016
Superbly composed
NanaSue54
 
NanaSue54 May 23, 2016
Beyond beautiful !!!!! :)
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Gorgeous !
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Battle of The Amateurs!!
Roussou
 
Roussou May 25, 2016
Beautiful
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz May 26, 2016
Wow ... stunning ... love it!
roksanabunar
 
roksanabunar May 29, 2016
I love this placce
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka May 29, 2016
Wonderful landscape and well captured.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka May 29, 2016
Voted, good luck.
erickgarza
 
erickgarza May 31, 2016
Truly amazing!!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 14, 2016
Voted Image of the Month
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal June 14, 2016
Stunning capture of the lighthouse!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita June 14, 2016
yay...Contest Finalist....congrats to you! xoxoxo
Dparmiter
 
Dparmiter June 15, 2016
Big-time WOW factor on this piece
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer June 15, 2016
wow wow, Nina! Congratulations - finalist Monthly Pro contest!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 17, 2016
Congratulations being a finalist !!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole June 17, 2016
Gorgeous!!! I have seen this Lighthouse many times, but not sure i have ever seen it look more beautiful!!! Amazing capture....love the bits of color and that sky!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole June 17, 2016
Oh.....I just saw this shot was a contest finalist....so well deserved and congrats!!!!
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi June 17, 2016
Congratulations on your two finalist award for this stellar picture.
flik_u_up
 
flik_u_up June 17, 2016
Postcard quality, beautiful and vibrant colors.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 18, 2016
Congratulations !! Nina Being a finaliist The Battle of Amateurs
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer June 18, 2016
You are On-A-Roll! Congratulations, Nina - finalist Battle of Amateurs contest!
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman June 19, 2016
Congratulations on the runner up finish in the monthly pro contest. I am very happy for you
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi June 19, 2016
congrats on your Por Vol Runner up award. You nailed this shot. Your eye keeps getting sharper and sharper... Mark
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz June 19, 2016
Congratulations Nina on Runner Up in Monthly Pro Vol 22 Photo Contest for June, 2016. Well deserved!!!!
MaryMarie
 
MaryMarie June 19, 2016
This is absolutely Beautiful~ True Masterpiece~
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem June 20, 2016
Excellent shot .
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer June 20, 2016
just keeps getting better and better, Nina! Runner up for Monthly Pro! Yea!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 22, 2016
Congratulations again Nina, Won Runner Up Monthly Pro 22, so happy on your win, ester
Piav
 
Piav June 27, 2016
Superb photo and location
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita June 28, 2016
Fabulous....you've done it again! Big congrats to you xoxoxo
FeliciaC
 
FeliciaC June 28, 2016
Impressive
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz June 28, 2016
Such a gorgeous shot Nina. Love it.
emmafleetwood
 
emmafleetwood July 02, 2016
Perfection
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 03, 2016
Yay, Nina! Congrats on another Award!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo July 03, 2016
And now, Runner-Up! CONGRATS!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 July 13, 2016
Perfection!
Wingsofrainbow
 
Wingsofrainbow July 14, 2016
I am not proffesional fotografer, I am Artist , and i see the clouds haven't been there , did you edit sky , included clouds after in photoshop ? Thank you for answer
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch July 19, 2016
I have a picture of this lighthouse from 8 years ago! Looks like a brownie snapshot next to this beauty!
Lisataggs
 
Lisataggs July 24, 2016
Stunning
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis August 08, 2016
My favourite lighthouse , beautifully done:-)
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt August 09, 2016
it's no wonder you have won so many awards for this capture - it is so stunning, Voted 5000 Dramatic Landscapes
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch August 14, 2016
Voted Nina! Unbelievable landscape or "Worldscape"
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer August 17, 2016
Yea! Finalist in Dramatic Landscapes contest! Good luck, Nina!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo August 17, 2016
Congrats, AGAIN, with this fantastic shot, Nina! :-D
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose August 23, 2016
Beautiful !
hilljilly
 
hilljilly August 24, 2016
Beautiful Capture
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal August 26, 2016
Congratulations on your 5000 Dramatic Landscape Award!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 27, 2016
congrats on the Contest Finalist Award!
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman August 30, 2016
Finalist finish!!!! Good going my friend
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 30, 2016
This is gorgeous, Nina! A real award winner for sure! Congrats! :)
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole August 30, 2016
Congrats again, on another win as a contest finalist.....so deserved!!! : ) Still lovin' this photo!!! : )
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz September 09, 2016
Congratulations on a well-deserved Challenge Win. :)
giselleneill
 
giselleneill September 09, 2016
Stunning photo.
moremdm Ultimate
 
moremdm September 20, 2016
Awesome shot! Jaw-dropping!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo September 20, 2016
Congrats again, Nina - Monthly Pro Finalist! Yay!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 September 20, 2016
Congratulations on your award !
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer September 21, 2016
Nina, congratulations! Finalist in the Monthly Pro contest. Good luck!!!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt September 22, 2016
CONGRATS Nina for Monthly Pro Contest Finalist - a super image that is always gaining more attention - totally love this shot - well deserving of every accolade!!!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita September 25, 2016
superb...congrats!
CarlAage
 
CarlAage September 25, 2016
Amazing photo
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole September 25, 2016
Congrats again!!!! So well deserved....just beautiful!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo September 25, 2016
Runner-Up!!!! Excellent! Congrats again, Nina! :-D
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer September 26, 2016
Congratulations, Nina. You're on a roll! Finalist in the Monthly Pro 24 contest!!!
Mann-Niyati
 
Mann-Niyati October 15, 2016
Hi Neena This is Stunning, I recently Bought D700 With 80-400 vrii Now looking for a little cheaper wide angle lens . Please let me know what lens you have used for this . Thank you. I also want to know if other party can work good. Thanks for your time.
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 October 15, 2016
Congratulations again !
HauntedArtistry
 
HauntedArtistry November 04, 2016
Beautiful shot :-)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo November 04, 2016
YGG!!!!! Congrats!!!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 November 04, 2016
Congrats, Sunshine!! シ
tobiasgraf
 
tobiasgraf November 04, 2016
this is awesome!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer November 05, 2016
Yowser, this fantastic photo is finalist in the Monthly Pro contest! Good job and good luck!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair November 05, 2016
Stunning work!
David_Blakley_Photography Platinum
 
David_Blakley_Photography November 07, 2016
Nina, so exquisitely done - like a fine oil on canvas painting.
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci November 11, 2016
Scenic beauty, Nina! Interesting clouds that have a long exposure look, cotton candy effect to them while the water has the detail.
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci November 13, 2016
Congratulations Nina on another spectacular win!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz November 14, 2016
Nina congrats again!! This is such of an amazing shot. Love it.
oldgal
 
oldgal November 16, 2016
Delightful Treat !!!
snhoffman2002 Platinum
 
snhoffman2002 November 16, 2016
This is such a magical lighthouse and you captured its beauty and the stunning coastline too. Great job!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 November 18, 2016
Congrats again Nina, good luck , ester
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 07, 2016
Congratulations on your award, Nina! Well-deserved! Great shot!!!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer December 08, 2016
This is apparently a winner - look at all the finalist wins! And now another - Monthly Pro - congratulations, my good friend!
trainwoman Platinum
 
trainwoman December 08, 2016
ANOTHER finalist finish...you are so good
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography December 08, 2016
Nina, congratulations on making the finals in the Monthly Property Contest, also see it was VB selection : D
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt December 08, 2016
Congrats Nina for Finalist in Monthly Pro Dec 2016 and also your Member Selection Award Dec. 2016 !!! this composition truly deserves it!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle December 09, 2016
Stunning and congrats on your member selection award!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 13, 2016
congrats on your finalist award Nina .. just beautiful !!
Bruz Platinum
 
Bruz December 14, 2016
Congrats Nina for making finalist. such a gorgeous shot.
JoanLoBo
 
JoanLoBo December 31, 2016
perfect time of year for this capture. The purple flowers really make the scene pop.
digger12
 
digger12 February 02, 2017
Beautiful
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal February 09, 2017
Congratulations on your award!
alishamartinez
 
alishamartinez March 05, 2017
Absolutely breathtaking
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi March 12, 2017
Congrats on another win this picture is brilliant .. The POV and the wonderful sky really make this a winner.
jfischerphotography PRO
 
jfischerphotography March 12, 2017
Looks very similar to Yaquina Head Lighthouse a ways further up the coast in Oregon. Beautiful capture!
Weller95
 
Weller95 March 12, 2017
Love this shot off the light house and the clouds in the background makes this shot works, good job :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 March 16, 2017
congrats on the win in rule of thirds .. a wonderful image :)
Kathey PRO+
 
Kathey March 16, 2017
Congratulations for your win! Your photo is breathtaking!
LindyLouMo
 
LindyLouMo March 16, 2017
One of my favorite places to take pics. Just hold the camera up and every photo is stunning. Gorgeous.
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 17, 2017
Still loving it!!!!!!!! Congrats again on a very well deserved win!!!
: ))))))))
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer March 17, 2017
Yea, Nina! Amateur Winner Rule of Thirds contest!!! More big prizes :)))))) (You shoulda won)
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer March 17, 2017
I forgot - congratulations!
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci March 17, 2017
Awesome, Nina!!!! Congratulations!
Post_Charlie
 
Post_Charlie March 21, 2017
Awesome! :)
roksanabunar
 
roksanabunar March 29, 2017
love this place
httppluto
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
This looks so calming and peaceful. It looks like a canvas painting
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt April 14, 2017
Congrats on Winning Amazing Rule of Thirds Contest for March Nina..........so well deserved!!
johnboywalton196 Premium
 
johnboywalton196 April 15, 2017
Superb sea, sky and object image. Breathtaking colours and depth, well captured.
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden April 22, 2017
Congratulations on another Award!!
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci April 22, 2017
Congratulations on another win!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer April 23, 2017
Yippee! Congratulations on winning the Lighthouse Challenge!!!
Morgan_Lytle PRO
 
Morgan_Lytle May 01, 2017
I do believe this is my favorite photo of a lighthouse...like ever!
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 May 19, 2017
This is the best!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo May 23, 2017
I'm sorry I missed seeing so many more awards for this! Congrats, again, Nina!!!
podesta
 
podesta June 10, 2017
wonderful
tbreeves03
 
tbreeves03 June 18, 2017
Awesome masterpiece
LindyLouMo
 
LindyLouMo June 18, 2017
I discovered this breathtaking place many years ago. Pigeon Point is a hostel with the NorCal hostel system. Gorgeous photo.
TheraX PRO+
 
TheraX July 07, 2017
Lovely
stevechoryan PRO+
 
stevechoryan August 03, 2017
Amazing Image!
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darrellgillenwater September 21, 2017
Awesome capture
Hany73
 
Hany73 October 03, 2017
Great
BBBimagemediastudios
 
BBBimagemediastudios October 12, 2017
Postcard image so still and the image is so well done
AlisonRashel
 
AlisonRashel October 13, 2017
Breattaking...i really like how the capture shows the darkness of the water against the light of the lighthouse.
JohnCookPhotography Platinum
 
JohnCookPhotography November 22, 2017
Blows me away
terryc Platinum
 
terryc January 19, 2018
Gorgeous! A perfect capture, Nina! Love those clouds!!
terrylangdon
 
terrylangdon January 31, 2018
Love the shot. Love lighthouses, actually.
brianbaitystudio
 
brianbaitystudio April 05, 2018
thank you for your title and story with the location. i feel this is the correct way to submit photos, well done!!
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 09, 2018
Stunning
pinkisacolor
 
pinkisacolor June 08, 2018
Wow
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards!!
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards!!
debbiespeed Ultimate
 
debbiespeed July 15, 2018
Could this be Yaquina Lighthouse??? It is a beautiful picture, I love it!!!
debbiespeed Ultimate
 
debbiespeed July 15, 2018
I guess it is in California so could not be the one in Oregon that looks a lot like this! One of my very favorites!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo August 31, 2018
Another Finalist Award! Congrats again, Nina!
BabZz
 
BabZz September 07, 2018
Stunning place woooow
DWWjr
 
DWWjr October 10, 2018
Wonderful shot! Deserving of the awards it’s received!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka October 27, 2018
Perfect. Voted
Mary18
 
Mary18 November 21, 2018
Congratulations on winning my photo challenge!
Bobwhite PRO+
 
Bobwhite November 21, 2018
Congratulations for your win,,great shot
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi November 21, 2018
Congrats on a well deserved win.
Mspower
 
Mspower December 06, 2018
Great shot congratulations
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh February 23, 2019
wow..so beautiful
NatureLoverJJWal
 
NatureLoverJJWal March 21, 2019
Awesome, congratulations on your award in this image!
terrym56
 
terrym56 April 03, 2019
Absolutely beautiful!
MarkyWilliamsPhotography
 
MarkyWilliamsPhotography April 03, 2019
Outstanding
ashley_renee_0408
 
ashley_renee_0408 July 13, 2019
Simply stunning!!
Bellatrix_B2
 
Bellatrix_B2 August 04, 2019
Exceptionally beautiful image of Pigeon Point!!!
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole August 04, 2019
Still loving it!! Congrats on being a Contest Finalist, again!! Good Luck!! : )
valerieluker
 
valerieluker August 05, 2019
This is an absolute perfect photo! Just gorgeous! I could stare at this photo all day!
carlavanwagoner
 
carlavanwagoner August 06, 2019
Love this!
Emerald_
 
Emerald_ August 16, 2019
Scrolling through some amazing photos and one catches my eye. I had the feeling I knew that lighthouse... turns out it’s right around the corner from where I live!
speterson6
 
speterson6 October 31, 2019
Beautiful seascape, almost appears to be a painting. Great work Nina.
alanwinans
 
alanwinans November 07, 2019
This is most likely the most beautiful lighthouse picture I have ever seen.
tinahilliker
 
tinahilliker November 07, 2019
Is this print for sale? Gorgeous!
tammyedwards_5562
 
tammyedwards_5562 November 10, 2019
Beautiful
tongant Platinum
 
tongant November 26, 2019
Wow! A wonderful photo Nina.
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose December 12, 2019
Gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis December 14, 2019
I loved visiting pigeon point, next time I am in San Francisco I hope to visit the lighthouse again and take photographs. Beautifully done Nina gets my vote good luck:-)
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo December 20, 2019
You ranked 4th in Landscapes out of 315K, Nina Girl..........wow wee!!
capsfos
 
capsfos December 20, 2019
This looks so much like Yaquina Lighthouse in Oregon, which is still in operation! Fabulous capture.
JayneBug Ultimate
 
JayneBug January 28, 2020
Superior image and capture. The color is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your award.
Turtlewax21 PRO+
 
Turtlewax21 January 28, 2020
Beautiful shot
sigridbh
 
sigridbh January 28, 2020
Picture perfect shot - Congratulations on your recent challenge win!
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal January 29, 2020
Hi Nina, Congratulations on your win with this beautiful composed image.
ginnyosbornetracy
 
ginnyosbornetracy August 22, 2020
Absolutely breathtaking!
debbiespeed Ultimate
 
debbiespeed January 25, 2021
Fantastic!!
franklinabbott Platinum
 
franklinabbott March 30, 2021
After looking at all of the photographs entered in the Lighthouse Challenge your entry is by far the best one!!! Hands down!!
annetteflottwell Platinum
 
annetteflottwell September 09, 2021
simply fantastic
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady October 23, 2021
Glorious
Maryberry1965
 
Maryberry1965 December 02, 2021
Stunning
Maryberry1965
 
Maryberry1965 December 02, 2021
Gorgeous
ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel February 03, 2022
Amazing image, Nina! Congratulations!
LindieK PRO
 
LindieK Jan 28
Chocolate Box pretty! Well done!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
People's Choice in my LIGHTHOUSE Challenge! Wonderful shot!
rosemarymartin
 
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN
JayneBug Ultimate
 
JayneBug Mar 10
Awe inspiring photography Nina. Congratulations on your PC award.
mcampi Platinum
 
mcampi Mar 10
Congrats on another win this is an amazing capture of a great lighthouse and fantastic landscape.
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photograph was taken in late April at Pigeon Point lighthouse on the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz, California

Time

It was about 5:00 pm when we started driving home after a leisurely day of photography along the coast. The combination of the time of day, the beautiful wispy clouds that had started to form and the fact that the ice plant all along the coast was in full bloom all came together to provide the perfect photo op at this iconic location!

Lighting

Late afternoon, also known as the golden hour, along the Pacific coast usually provides wonderful opportunities for some spectacular photography. Gorgeous sunsets and/or cloud formations often reward the patient photographer.

Equipment

This photo was taken handheld using my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR camera with a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens and polarizing filter. No other equipment was used.

Inspiration

I love landscape photography, seascapes in particular. And because we live within an hour's drive of the Pacific coast we often visit this area as it provides endless photo opportunities. Because it was a late April we knew that the ice plant would be blooming in profusion and also knew that the chances of having a beautiful sky to enhance our photos would be good. We weren't disappointed!

Editing

Lightroom and Photoshop were both used for a bit of exposure correction and for minor enhancement of color and clarity.

In my camera bag

My current camera of choice is a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm lens which I find to be extremely versatile in most situations. I also have a Nikkor 24-120mm lens that I use on occasion. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera, with a spare 32gb card in my bag as a backup, since I shoot in both Raw and jpg Fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release, and cleaning supplies.

Feedback

Landscape photographers often have the luxury of returning to a particular location at different times of the day or night (or seasons) in order to capture a particular scene under different lighting or weather conditions. However, since you can't always count on a sunset, for instance, there is often a lot of luck involved and sometimes detailed planning ahead, in order to capture a particular photo. Most landscapes, especially seascapes, are almost always best captured either early in the morning or late in the day (the "golden hours"). These times almost always provide the best lighting and can greatly reduce the amount of post processing that would otherwise be required to make an average photo into a great photo.

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