Side light

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

Pho­tog­ra­phers love the warm qual­ity of ‘golden hour’ light, but the di­rec­tion of light is also im­por­tant. Side light­ing can be used to great ef­fect at Bo­diam Cas­tle. Light falling across the cas­tle from one side re­veals tex­ture in the stone and the mix­ture of light and shadow re­sults in a modelling ef­fect on the curved tow­ers, mak­ing the cas­tle look more three- di­men­sional. Low side­light is the most ef­fec­tive, as it’s warmer and the modelling ef­fect is more pro­nounced. It’s not al­ways pos­si­ble to visit places like Bo­diam Cas­tle early or late enough for the best light, but the di­rec­tion is still im­por­tant – even when the sun is high in the sky – so it pays to check the po­si­tion of the sun us­ing web­sites such as www. sun­calc.net prior to vis­it­ing. If the sun is high over­head try con­vert­ing your im­ages to black & white and take ad­van­tage of the high con­trast.

Warm light can have a modelling ef­fect, em­pha­sis­ing the cas­tle’s shape and stonework

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