When someone talks about the quality of light for portrait lighting, they are referring to how hard or how soft your lighting is. So what is the difference between a hard and soft light source? In this video, author Levi Simm explains and demonstrates the differences between the quality of light.
- When we talk about the quality of light,…we're talking about how hard or how soft it is.…A hard light is cast by a small light source,…like a light bulb or a bare bulb flash…or the sun on a sunny day.…When you stand outside on a sunny day,…you can see your shadow trailing along behind you…and you can see exactly where the edge of that shadow is.…And that's because the sun is a very small light,…casting one distinct shadow.…Conversely, on a cloudy day, the entire sky…is lighting you up and you can't see…your shadow very distinctly.…
You can see kind of a dark area down there,…but you won't be able to define the exact start and stop…edge of your shadow, because now it's a soft light.…It's got a soft transition between the light side…and the dark side of things.…Since we're in the studio, we can turn out…the overhead lights so you can see things more clearly.…As I shine the light on my hand here,…you can see a definite edge to my shadow.…That means this is a hard light.…It's got a definite starting and stopping point…
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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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5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiturewith Chris Orwig25m 59s Intermediate
Portrait Photography: Business Portraitswith Robert Vanelli1h 59m Intermediate
Exploring Photography: Finding the Perfect Portrait Lenswith Chris Orwig1h 20m Appropriate for all
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiturewith Douglas Kirkland34m 46s Appropriate for all
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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