Direction of Light

Light has various properties and qualities which include light direction. It determines the angle between light source, subject and camera. Mainly we differentiate between front light, side light and backlight. There are differences in relation to the light source’s radiating surface. If the photographer directly illuminates the subject by using a large source of light (e.g. overcast sky), the photographer obtains a so-called soft light.

Light and illumination created by punctiform light sources (e.g. direct rays of sunlight) is dominated by hard light. The following articles concentrate on the special features of this light source. Problems are illustrated but creative possibilities are also shown.

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