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Window on Texas: Mixed-lighting locations

When Photography Editor Griff Smith visited the Dart Bowl bowling alley in Austin to shoot its popular enchiladas for the March issue, he faced several challenges. These included overcoming the unflattering light to make the cheesy treats stand out.

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Smith throws some light on the situation and discusses working in mixed-lighting locations. In the film days, mixed lighting required a lot of work. However, with today’s digital cameras, you can bring a strobe or flashlight (and a tripod) to add sidelight and then let the automatic white balance on the camera make the adjustments for the difference in colors produced by the light sources. “Don’t be afraid to take photos in mixed-light situations. Let the auto white balance do the work for you,” Smith says.

Dart Bowl is at 5700 Grover Ave. Call 512/452-2518; www.dartbowl.com.

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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