In Understanding Hard and Soft light, Mark demonstrates the difference between hard and soft light, discusses why both are important, and show what kinds of fixtures are needed for each.
- Not all light is created equal.…This segment is all about the difference…between hard light and soft light.…Usually when we say hard and soft…we're talking about things we can touch,…like rocks, which are hard, and kittens, which are soft.…But we can't feel light with our hands,…so how can it be hard or soft?…What we're actually talking about…is the quality of the shadow a light creates.…A small light source, like the filament…of a single, clear light bulb, creates a hard, sharp shadow.…But a large source, like light bouncing off of a white card,…casts a softer shadow as the light of different parts…of the source wrap around the subject.…
The front get lights from the whole card,…but the sides only get light from part of the card.…The soft light fills in the crevices of an object,…concealing some of the detail,…but the hard light shows these features…in sharp relief.…Both hard and soft light are around us all the time.…The sun, even though it's huge,…is millions of miles away,…so it's, effectively, a tiny, point source of light.…
In this course, Mark W. Gray teaches the fundamentals of portrait lighting, including standard three-point lighting setups, how to light for specific subjects, and how to deal with the challenges of location shooting. He shows you the effect of big and small lighting changes, including angle, intensity, and color temperature. He discusses the various types of lighting equipment available, providing both professional options and affordable options. Mark also demonstrates how to go beyond the standard setup to achieve a variety of outcomes.
- Lighting fundamentals including shape, quality, color, and direction
- Understanding when to implement specific lighting techniques
- Controlling the quality of light
- The basic 3-point lighting setup
- Shooting outdoors and controlling sunlight
- Understanding color temperature and making correct color choices
- Finding budget-friendly lighting solutions
- Staging your shots for maximum quality and minimum effort