Light creates shadows, and shadows in return, enhances the
appearance of the subject. The interaction of the two is
fascinating. Light can make the subject feisty or dull while
shadows can make it mysterious or terrifying.
Shadows add facet and meaning to an image. Without shadows
the object may appear plain and boring. Lights and shadows
establish the correlation of one object to another and their
place in the full scene. The position and strength of the
lights and shadows also set the general mood of the subject.
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it.
But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth,
and you will know the key to photography".
-- George Eastman, one of the founders of Kodak
Some Lighting Facts You should know
Digital camera lighting techniques
How to Set White Balance
Time Lapse Photography -- Over 14 years (note the lighting)
A Dutch filmmaker has updated one of the more compelling uses
of time-lapse photography techniques online. Frans Hofmeester
has filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week since her birth in
1999 to a braces-wearing teenager.
Advanced Lighting Tutorial
From the book "Lighting & Rendering"
Light - a detailed tutorial (in four parts)
ON THE ART OF FIXING A SHADOW
Bullfinch Press.; First Edition edition (1989)
Secure the Shadow: Death and Photography in America
MIT Press (July 23, 1999)
Secure the Shadow uses a combination of cultural anthropology
and visual analysis to explore the photographic
representations of death in the United States from 1840 to the
present. It looks at the ways in which people have taken and
used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to
mitigate the finality of death.