One of the four characteristics of light is the direction of the light. This sets up the mood you want for the photograph, determining the feel and portrayal of the picture. But how do you set up the direction of the light to get the mood you want? In this video, author Levi Simm explains and demonstrates the light direction.
- When we talk about the direction of light,…we're really talking a lot about the mood of the photograph.…The position of the light has a lot to do…with how the picture is portrayed and how it feels.…For instance, if you shine light up from underneath,…it's kind of a horror light.…It looks like a scary film, it looks like a campfire…shining light upward, it looks like a flashlight…held under the face.…So that's one way to portray mood.…We can portray a beauty light,…as shown directly down from above, it's kind of angelic.…
We can have a light shining down on the hair,…giving a glow to the background,…making somebody look like an angel, not just angelic.…But typically, for a flattering portrait,…I'm usually looking for light coming in from the side…and a little bit raised up.…It needs to be high enough that I'm getting…shadows cast downward so it feels natural,…and it needs to be around the front just enough…that I get light in both eyes.…This side light coming in, just a little bit elevated,…is always going to make a flattering portrait.…
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- Leveraging different types of light
- Finding the right light for the right mood or effect
- Taking portraits for business and family clients
- Making the camera and light work together
- Helping people look their best
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Principles of Portrait Lighting
2. Making Soft Light
3. Five Lighting Patterns
4. Making and Finding Directional Light
5. Ten Portraits with One Light
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