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Chapter 3. Lighting > Quality of Light

Quality of Light

All light is not the same. The light you see in the middle of the day looks very different when compared to the warm sunlight that shines an hour before sunset. The light coming from the fluorescent light bulb in your kitchen is not the same as the light coming from the tungsten light bulb on your nightstand. Different light sources create different colors, intensities, and moods.

Now, that doesn’t mean that one type of light is better than another, but it may be true that certain light sources are better for certain types of photography. For portrait and landscape photography, the first hour and last hour of sunset are ideal times to create images outdoors, and studio photographers have ways of manipulating light with strobes to add drama or softness to their images. Each of these types of light creates a different mood, which is often referred to as the “quality” of the light.


  

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