Hey guys, welcome back to the new school year and thanks for keeping up with my blog. A reminder to those checking back and to those who are new to my blog page: my blog is called ‘Capture-vating’ and it’s actually something I truly love to talk about. Each post, I research a famous photographer and their skill that they specialize in. I also try and discuss techniques about certain photography skills so in the process of reading this, you and I can become better at that particular skill, too. .
To kick this year off, I’m going to talk about light.Terms you probably should get to know in relationship to photography in general are ‘hard light’ and ‘soft light’ as those two completely different terms are something that can be key factors in defining a picture. They can show what you want, as the photographer, to be the main focus in your art.
Hard light is defined as light that creates shadows with sharp edges, making a very obvious transition from light to dark. It is found where the lighting is direct and harsh and normally from a single point source like sun beams funneled through a window or the flash on your camera.
It can make a very powerful and moving piece, especially when the product is in black and white. Fay Godwin is an exceptional photographer who is known for capturing British landscapes. In this piece, ‘Callanish after Hailstorm,’ Godwin captures the intensity of the feeling she experienced there through her use of capturing the right light at the right place. This is a great example of making the best of the hard light available.
Soft light, on the other hand, is used for an entirely different purpose. To define it, soft light is light that transitions very gradually from light to dark. There’s no harshness to it and usually comes from indirect lighting that’s pretty scattered.
When using soft light, you’re saying just as much about something as when you choose to use hard lighting. You get this sense of delicacy and it’s flattering to the eye.it’s comfortable–aesthetic even–and for lack of a better phrase, it adds softness to the picture. Photographer Richard Learoyd is pretty unique in the sense that he creates the look he wants by adding all the light he uses in a dark room. He controls the light by focusing it directly on the background making the object, in this case a person, merely have the reflection of the scattered light giving them the soft-light look for sure. This piece is called “Shade green gone,” and I really do think the lighting really determines how the picture portrays itself.
Well I’d like to thank you again for checking in on my latest post, and I encourage you to try using hard and soft light on your own and feel free to submit to me what you got! Don’t forget to catch the next post soon. And remember, no light is bad light; it is simply how you make your composition have the right light.