p52 month 03 : hard light


Hard Light is dramatic light that results in high contrast images with bright whites and dark shadows. Photographers use small sources of light to illuminate parts of an subject or location and direct the viewer’s attention either to or from a particular portion of the scene. Hard light can enhance delicate or grand textures by skimming across an architectural facade or something simple like folded paper. Full sun on a bright day is hard light that creates harsh shadows, even though the sun is not a small light source, because its distance creates the effect of a small light source much closer to the subject.


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