This is light that surrounds you in the location you are shooting. It is unmodified by any photographic lights, reflectors or modifiers. Ambient light can be generated by any light source. It is often the natural background light. It could be considered the normal electric light that is found in the room you are shooting in. It is the prevailing light to which a photographer might add studio lights, flash lights and other modifiers.
When all the special or photographic lights for a shoot are turned off the remaining light is the ambient light.
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