Quality of Light
This photo was taken at dusk. Notice how the unique lighting conditions add interest to the photo? Long shadows play across the ground, and the blue of the sky stands out because the sunlight is reflecting off it. Click through to learn about different lighting conditions and how they affect your photos.
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Robert Patterson has been a photographer and television camera man for more than 20 years. His career has allowed him to cover a wide range of fascinating subjects from Queen Elizabeth II to Jane Goodall to The Dali Lama as well as many different and fascinating locales. While his preferred subject matter is landscape photography, he is well versed in a wide variety of photographic styles and loves them all. Robert is currently working with Corel as a contributor to the PicturePerfect Learning still photography course. When not taking photographs, Robert enjoys playing and listening to music and is usually found behind a piano or guitar and sometimes a microphone. His other interests include a love of science and reading, and he is often found in the kitchen creating something delectable. Take a look at Rob's website here: http://pattersonimagery.com/Tutorials by Robert Patterson
Quality of light refers to the color, and hardness or softness, of light.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- Hard light comes from a single, direct source. It produces shadows and sharp lines.
- Hard light happens at mid-day or in a room with a single bright light source.
- Soft light comes from a diffuse or indirect source.
- Soft light happens during sunset or sunrise, or indoors if there are many diffuse light sources.
Compare the pictures below. Notice how the feel of the photo changes depending on the lighting it was shot in.