QUALITY OF LIGHT
Light and perspective are inextricably linked – here’s why
SHADOWS CREATE DEPTH The strength and intensity of the light helps to emphasise depth in a photograph. On a dull, grey day the light is soft and scenes tend to look flat because contrast is low, and the shadows that normally add definition are missing. When the sun comes out, shadows are strong and they help to give your images a three-dimensional look.
LIGHT DIRECTION scenes that are frontally lit tend to lack depth because shadows fall away from the camera and out of view. Light the same scene from the side, however, and shadows become much more prominent, emphasising depth. Or shoot into the light with a wide-angle lens so that shadows form converging lines that rush away into the distance and lead the eye.
AboveSUN, SAND AND SEA THESE RIPPLES ON A SANDY BEACH HAVE BEEN ENHANCED BY STRONG SUNLIGHT, WHICH DEFINES THEIR SHAPE AND MAKES THE COLOURS MORE SATURATED. A POLARISER HELPED TOO
AboveIN THE DISTANCE THE STRONG SHADOWS IN THIS WINTER SCENE CREATE LINEAR PERSPECTIVE AS THEY CONVERGE INTO THE DISTANCE, WHILE THE TREES ILLUSTRATE DIMINISHING SCALE