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SECTION 2. Capture  > 10. Light and Shadows

10

Light and Shadows

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Direct Light
Diffuse Light
Direct/Diffuse Light
Back Light
Window Light
Exercises

Direct Light: Direct lighting illuminates by striking an object without scattering, as does the sun on a clear day. This creates strong colors, highlights, and shadows. The many contours and shapes of St. Basil’s Cathedral are well defined by the position of the light source (the sun) over-head and to the right of the subject. When the position of the sun is at a low angle, direct light can have a very dramatic effect on the subject. This is why for some subjects such as landscapes, professional photographers prefer to photograph a few hours before or after high noon when the sun is at a low angle, to produce good frontal illumination and long cast shadows.


  

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