Hard light

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The smaller a light source is, the harder the light it pro­duces and the greater the con­trast be­tween high­lights and shad­ows. This is hard-edged light­ing. Usu­ally when us­ing flash, the small­est we can make the source is to fire it bare with­out any mod­i­fiers. We also need to con­sider dis­tance, as the fur­ther the light source is from the sub­ject, the smaller it will be in re­la­tion to them. A good ex­am­ple of this is the sun. While it may be a huge mass of burn­ing gas, the dis­tance makes it a tiny spot in a large sky, which is why di­rect sun­light is very hard.

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