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Lighting a portrait can be an intimidating – even a discouraging – task. It seems that the whole process is a chemistry exam which you’ve been given without warning. Unflattering patches of light, harsh midday sunlight, or a cloudy day all seem to point to the fact that you can’t take great portraits at any time of day without artificial light. However, it’s possible to take advantage of any type of weather, no matter what time of day it is or how much light is available. Even a 10-minute photo shoot in unfamiliar lighting conditions could end up being the best creative experience you’ve ever had. Remember that chemistry exam you were given without warning? You can get a perfect score by using patience, observation, and an open mind.